Adenophora Root - Nan Sha Shen
Products Featuring This Herb:
Autumn Rain Teapills
Other Common Names
Nan Sha Shen
Sweet, Bitter, Bland
Organ Meridian Systems
Lung and Stomach
Tonify Yin, Clear Heat, Expel Phlegm from Lungs
Preparation and Utilization
Adenophora is virtually identical to Glehnia though they originate from different areas of China. They may be used interchangeably. Use with other moistening herbs to tonify the lungs such as Ophiopogon, American Ginseng, Dendrobium, Schizandra and with other tonics to strengthen the whole body.
Adenophora is used to moisten the Lungs and Stomach. It is commonly used to treat yin deficiency cough, such as dry cough due to smoking, dry heat, dust or smog. It is also useful for allaying chronic thirst. It is often used in children’s cough formulations.
- American Ginseng, Schizandra and Asparagus root to tonify Lung yin
- Ophiopogon and Fritillary bulb for dry cough, dry throat and hoarseness
- Dendrobium, Ophiopogon, Raw Rehmannia and Polygonatum to build body fluids
Varieties and Grading
Clean, tasty Adenophora is best. Most Adenophora found in herb shops is fine. Good Adenophora should be pliable.