Codonopsis pilosula is also called ginseng, but from a biological point of view, it is essentially different from ginseng and American ginseng. Ginseng and American ginseng are plants of the Araliaceae family, while Codonopsis pilosula is a plant of the Platycodon family. The finished product of dried Codonopsis pilosula has a more regular appearance, and is more straight and slender, gradually tapering from beginning to end, without many small hairs. The head of Codonopsis pilosula also has obvious characteristics. In most cases, the top of the root head of Codonopsis pilosula has warty protruding stem marks and bud marks, which are called "lion pan heads". There are dense annular horizontal stripes under the root head, and downwards Gradually thin out. Break off the Codonopsis pilosula and observe the cross section. There are radial lines inside.
Codonopsis pilosula is sweet in taste and neutral in nature. It has the effects of nourishing qi, quenching thirst, strengthening the spleen and lungs, nourishing blood and promoting fluid production. It is often used for spleen and lung qi deficiency, lack of food, fatigue, cough and asthma, insufficient qi and blood, sallow complexion, palpitations and shortness of breath, thirst in body fluids and wounds, internal heat to quench thirst, as well as laziness and shortness of breath, weakness in limbs, poor appetite, qi deficiency, and qi. Symptoms include deficiency of body fluid, deficiency of both qi and blood, and chlorosis due to blood deficiency. The efficacy of Codonopsis pilosula is similar to that of ginseng, but its potency is weaker.
For daily health care at home, Codonopsis pilosula is also an affordable choice. There are a few things to pay attention to when taking Codonopsis pilosula. First of all, you can check whether it is standard through the appearance characteristics of Codonopsis pilosula mentioned above. In addition, you should also pay attention to whether it has been smoked with sulfur. Codonopsis pilosula smoked with sulfur is not good. Long-term consumption is not good for your health. We can tell it by smelling it. In addition, the Codonopsis pilosula that has undergone the sulfur process will become more vivid, so when choosing, do not choose one with a very translucent color, try to choose one with a natural color.