Codonopsis root extract is used frequently in Chinese medicine to improve the function of the lungs and the spleen. It is thought to revive the entire body as a whole. In the lab, codonopsis has been shown to increase hemoglobin in the blood and increase the red cell blood count. It also has been shown to lower blood pressure and increase endurance to stress. Codonopsis is similar to ginseng, but it isn’t as strong and doesn’t last as long. That makes it a good choice for people who are too sensitive to ginseng. Now codonopsis is widely used in food, cosmetic and health care products.