Glehniae Radix (北沙参)

Glehniae Radix (北沙参)

Glehniae Radix (北沙参) is the dried root of Glehnia littoralis Fr. Schmidt ex Miq., family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae).

Other name   
Beishashen (Chinese), Coastal Glehnia Root

Macroscopic character
Slenderly cylindrical, branching occasionally. External yellowish-white, slightly rough, occasionally with patches of cork adhering, finely wrinkled longitudinally, and with brownish-yellow spotted rootlet scars. Top usually with yellowish-brown remains of rhizome. Texture fragile, easily broken, fracture yellowish-white in bark and yellow in wood. Odor, characteristic; taste, slightly sweet.

Important cultivation area

Shandong, Jiangsu, Henan and Liaoning provinces.

Processing method
Remove remain of stems and foreign matters, soften slightly, cut into sections, and dry.

Traditional Chinese Medicine action
Sweet and slightly bitter; slightly cold. Enter lung and stomach channels. Nourish yin and clear the heat, fortify the stomach, and nourish jin.


Usage and dosage 
5-12 g, decoction for oral use.


* Contraindication and precaution *
Incompatible with Lilu.


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