Dang Shen - Tonify Qi
SP, LU (9-15g)


Dang Shen - Where did he go?

Where is that dang Dr Shen? Did he go to tonify SP to augment qi at the restaurant or is he perhaps tonifying his LU and generating fluids at the bloody bar? Wherever he is I hope he doesn't party too hard because her really needs to support the anti-pathogenic qi.

They say Dr Shen is incompatible with his wife Li Lu (cc: incompatible with Li Lu) because of her (cc: excess heat or qi stagnation)

English Name: codonopsis, pilose Asia bell root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Codonopsis
Properties: sweet, neutral

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
tonify SP to augment qi tonifies SP; augments qi
tonifying his LU tonifies LU
supports the anti-pathogenic qi supports the anti-pathogenic qi to expel pathogens
generating fluids at the bloody bar tonifies qi; generates fluids and blood


       Dang Shen Actions and Indications
  • Tonifies the SP; augments qi (fatigue, tired limbs, appetite loss, diarrhea, vomit, chronic illness with SP qi deficiency; in combination for qi sinking with organ prolapse)
  • Tonifies LU qi (LU qi deficiency causing chronic cough, shortness of breath, weak voice)
  • Tonifies q and generates fluids and blood ( thirst due to injury of fluids; wasting and thirsting disorder; pale complexion, dizziness, palpitations due to qi and blood deficiency)
  • Supports anti-pathogenic qi to expel pathogens (constipation with significant qi deficiency or exterior syndromes)
  • (note: Dang Shen is often used as a subsititute for ren shen at larger doses, but not for qi collapse)
  • (note: compare with huang qi)
    Special Notes:
  • Pharmacologically Dang Shen is a powerful adaptogenic herb that has both a stimulating and inhibiting effect on the central nervous system. It has been shown the help animals adapt to stress.
  • A decoction of Dang Shen at varying doses ranging from 50 to 250g was shown to help with gastric ulcers.

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