Codonopsis tangshen

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Historical Use of Codonopsis tangshen

Codonopsis tangshen in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Fangdang ·Àµ³ Ludangshen ºµ³²Î Taishen ̨²Î Yetaishen Ұ̨²Î Chinese Name (pinyin): Dangshen

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Pilose Asiabell Root

Specific Name  : Radix codonopsis

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Collection  : The drug is collected in autumn, wash clean and dried in the sun.

Description  : Root of Codonopsis pilosula: Long cylindrical, slightly curved, 10 - 34 cm long, 0.4 - 2 cm in diameter. Externally yellowish brown with numerous warty prominent stem scars and buds on the root stock and the apex of each stem scar sunkenly dotted, dense transverse annulations occurring below the root stock, gradually sparse up to half length of the root while the transverse rare or absent in some cultivars. Whole root showing longitudinal wrinkles and scattered transverse lenticels, frequently with blackish brown gelatinous substance at the fractured area of the rootlets. Texture slightly hard or tenacious, fracture somewhat even, cleft or striated radially, bark pale yellowish white or pale brown, wood pale yellow. Odour characteristic and aromatic, taste sweetish.Root of Codonopsis var. modesta: 10 - 35cm long, 0.5 - 2.5 cm in diameter. Externally yellowish white to pale yellow, dense transverse annulations occurring below the root stock, frequently up to over half length of the root. Fracture more cleft, bark greyish white to pale yellow, wood light yellow.Root of Codonopsis tangshen: 10 - 45 cm long, 0.5 - 2 cm in diameter. Externally greyish yellow to yellowish brown with distinctly longitudinal wrinkles. Texture slightly soft and compact, fracture less cleft, bark yellowish white, wood pale yellow.

Identification  : Transverse section: Several up to over 10 rows of cork cells, stone cells present at the outer side, single or grouped. Cortex narrow, phloem broad often with cracks at the outer side and pale yellow laticiferous tube groups scattered through out and frequently alternated with sieve tubes. Cambium in a ring, xylem vessels singly scattered or aggregated in groups, arranged radially. Parenchymatous cells containing inulin.Extractives: Carry out the hot extraction method as described under the determination of ethanol-soluble extractive (Appendix X A), using 45% ethanol as solvent not less than 55.0%

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter, wash clean, soften thoroughly, cut into thick slices and dry.

Action  : To reinforce qi and invigorate the function of the spleen and the lungs.

Indication  : weakness of the spleen and the lung manifested by shortness of breath, cough, palpitation, anorexia, loose stools; diabetes caused by internal heat

Precautions  : Incompatible with Rhizome et Radix Verstri.

Dosage  : 9 to 30 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a ventilated dry place, protected from moth.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Wu Xian Zhou, Yin Sheng He, Ying Hui Zhu, Mei de Zhang, Yuan Yuan Duan, Da Ye Huang, Da Bing Xu, Lun Qiang Ai
[Improvement effects of quicklime and calcium magnesium phosphate fertilizer on acidified soil cultivating Codonopsis tangshen.] [生石灰和钙镁磷肥对酸化川党参土壤的改良效果.]
Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao: 2019, 30(9);3224-3232
[PubMed:31529898] [] [DOI] (P p)

Yinsheng He, Meide Zhang, Wuxian Zhou, Lunqiang Ai, Jinwen You, Haihua Liu, Jingmao You, Hua Wang, Misganaw Wassie, Mo Wang, Huiying Li
Transcriptome analysis reveals novel insights into the continuous cropping induced response in Codonopsis tangshen, a medicinal herb.
Plant Physiol. Biochem.: 2019, 141;279-290
[PubMed:31202192] [] [DOI] (I p)

Jiankuan Li, Xin Zhang, Lingya Cao, Jiaojiao Ji, Jianping Gao
Three Inulin-Type Fructans from Codonopsis pilosula (Franch.) Nannf. Roots and Their Prebiotic Activity on Bifidobacterium longum.
Molecules: 2018, 23(12);
[PubMed:30501018] [] [DOI] (I e)

Xian-Yuan Lu, Feng-Hua Zhou, Ya-Qian Dong, Lin-Na Gong, Qing-Yun Li, Lan Tang, Zheng Cai, Jing-Yu He, Meng-Hua Liu
Codonopsis tangshen Oliv. Amelioration Effect on Diabetic Kidney Disease Rats Induced by High Fat Diet Feeding Combined with Streptozotocin.
Nat Prod Bioprospect: 2018, 8(6);441-451
[PubMed:30387083] [] [DOI] (P p)

Xiao-Jun Wu, Xiao-Bo Zhang, Lan-Ping Guo, Yi Yu, Lu-Qi Huang
[Study on distribution division of Codonopsis Radix].
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi: 2017, 42(22);4368-4372
[PubMed:29318837] [] [DOI] (P p)



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