Codonopsis – For building the strength of the muscles, the blood, the digestion and the immune system

downloadCodonopsis is a herb I have every morning without fail. It’s great for the digestive system because it’s a spleen tonic. Its warm, dry energy relieves ‘damp spleen’ conditions like yeast infections and water retention, and increases your digestive fire.

Codonopsis is beneficial if you want to build muscle and increase your endurance during training.

It’s a blood fortifier so it helps build the strength of the blood, which is why it’s often included in blood tonic combinations. This makes it especially helpful for those recovering from illness and for sufferers of chronic fatigue.

A further benefit of codonopsis is it’s an effective immune system tonic. It helps your immune system to work better and build more of what you need, making it function more efficiently and intelligently.

It’s a really tasty herb, a root that’s a type of yam often found in Chinese cooking so it’s something you can just eat as a food as well as a herbal tonic.

Codonopsis is one of the main ingredients in Lion Heart Herbs Strength formula for its chi tonic benefits. It’s also an ingredient in the Cleanse formula because of its blood building properties.

I generally use it either in a blend like Strength or if I want to concentrate just on digestion, I use it with white atractylodes and astragalus; those three together are a really great combination. I might also use it in a blend for the immune system in combination with astragalus and cat’s claw.

So I highly recommend you have this awesome herb on a regular basis especially if its properties are relevant to you. It’s mild and gentle and is both easy and safe to use over long periods.


Taste; sweet
Treasures; chi, blood
Organs; spleen, lungs
Temperature; neutral

Elwin Robinson

Elwin Robinson is the Founder of Lion Heart Herbs, Europe's #1 Educator on the Taoist approach to Health, and #1 Supplier of High Quality and Affordable Taoist Tonic Herbs to the World.

Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.

Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.

Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.
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