Codonopsis is an herb. People use the root to make medicine.
Codonopsis is used to treat HIV infection and to protect cancer patients against side effects of radiation treatment. It is also to boost the immune system; and to treat weakness, loss of appetite (anorexia), chronic diarrhea, shortness of breath, noticeable heartbeat (palpitations), asthma, cough, thirst, and diabetes.
Although codonopsis is sometimes used as a substitute for ginseng in general tonic formulas, none of the chemicals called saponins that are responsible for some of the effects of ginseng have been found in codonopsis.
How it works
Codonopsis seems to stimulate the central nervous system. It also seems to promote weight gain and increase endurance, as well as increase red and white blood cells counts and promote blood circulation.
Not ProvenHIV infectionProtection against radiation side effects in cancer treatmentBrain disordersLoss of appetiteDiarrheaAsthmaCoughDiabetesOther conditions
Codonopsis is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth in appropriate amounts.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking codonopsis if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?
Bleeding disorders: Codonopsis might slow blood clotting and increase bleeding. In theory, taking codonopsis might make bleeding disorders worse.
Surgery: Codonopsis might slow blood clotting. In theory, taking codonopsis might increase the risk for bleeding during and after surgical procedures. Stop using codonopsis at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
ModerateMedications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)
Codonopsis might slow blood clotting. Taking codonopsis along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, ticlopidine (Ticlid), warfarin (Coumadin), and others.