Platycodon Root is one of the most highly prized Chinese herbs such as ginseng and goji. Platycodon Root boosts Qi energy (vitality) and helps to loosen stagnant energy and mucus from the lungs. It has been used for centuries for treating lung challenges, sinuses problems, skin rashes and abscesses, intestinal problems, inflammation, and for treating feelings of intense fear.
Qi Energy – Platycodon Root helps to increase vital energy through the meridians of the body to boost up vital Qi and thus create vital
Mucus – Platycodon Root is great for loosing up mucus in the lungs and upper airways thus helping with flues, sinus problem, and other mucus related issues.
Fear – In the 3000 year old practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine it has been shown that fear can create challenges in the body. Through meridian changes and the deep channels of energy of the body fear plays havoc with energy flow thus creating stagnation and a loss of vitality… thus creating health issues. And platycodon root is a wonderful in the process of rehabbing anyone who has lots of fear which is causing health related issues.
GI Tract – Platycodon Root also works well for intestinal inflammation and diarrhea when used in combination with other herbs.
Saponins – Platycodon Root contains powerful antioxidant saponin agents such as lupane and Oleanane. These agents loosen up of stubborn mucus and help with treating inflammation.
Pain – Platycodon Root is also great for pain and swelling associated with inflammation and injuries.
Food – Platycodon Root when young has been used as a starchy food source in China and Korea. It has a potato like texture and does not have the bitterness of the mature herb nor does it contain large amounts of the active ingredients found in the herb. But the young root should be washed and blanched before using as food.
Colds, Coughs, and Bronchitis – Platycodon Root works well for treating colds, flues, coughing, and other ailments including bronchitis because it helps with inflammation.
Hepatitis – One of the agents in platycodon root is oleanlic acid, which is also found in olive oil and has been studied for use in treating hepatitis.
Cancer – Also agents found in platycodon root are have long been known to have anti-mutagenic activity and thus may help in treating cancer. This agents are also found with ginseng and other TCM herbs.
Skin – Platycodon Root helps with the pain thus helping to resolve rashes, inflamed skin, and skin abscesses.
Protects the Liver – Platycodon Root also contains agents that help to protect the liver from inflammation and thus liver disease in general.
Dose – The root can easily be cut into small pieces and boiled for 30 minutes until the active ingredients are released from the root. And Platycondon powder can also be used which is boiled for making platycodon root tea. The average does is 1 to 3 grams – 3 times a day.
Use – Platycodon Root is usually used in combination with 3 or 4 other herbs to bring about the right action within the body. That’s why it’s important to work with a good Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner to find the right combination of herbs for the challenge being presented.
Finding – If you google “Buy Platycodon Root” there are lots of places on-line where you can order the herb. And it can also be found on Amazon and Vitacost.
Feel Free to Share – This information is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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