桔梗 | Platycodon Root
| by Food Art Store
Today let’s have a look at【Platycodon Root】, which is found in Food Art’s Soupermum Cowecare.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), platycodon roots are plants that belong to the 'Warm herbs that dissolve Phlegm and stop Cough' category.
In TCM Phlegm is a condition of Stagnation of Fluids which tends to start in the Spleen and then goes to the Lungs. If this overly accumulates it thickens and becomes pathological Phlegm. Phlegm, being a form of Stagnation, often starts as being Cool and transforms to Hot as the condition progresses.
The herbs in this category are Warm in nature so they treat the early stages of the Stagnation: Cold-Phlegm and Wet-Phlegm with symptoms of wheezing, vomiting and nausea.
Platycodon roots also taste Bitter and Pungent. The so-called 'Five Phases' theory in Chinese Medicine states that the taste of TCM ingredients is a key determinant of their action in the body. Bitter ingredients like platycodon roots tend to have a cleansing action on the body by clearing Heat, drying Dampness and promoting elimination via urination or bowel movements. On the other hand Pungent ingredients tend to promote the circulations of Qi and Body Fluids. That's why for instance someone tends to sweat a lot when they eat spicy/pungent food.
The tastes of ingredients in TCM also determine what Organs and Meridians they target. As such platycodon roots are thought to target the Lung. In addition to performing respiration, the Lungs are thought in TCM to be a key part of the production chain for Qi and the Body Fluids that nourish the body.
What are the benefits of Platycodon Root👇🏼
🔹Eases coughs with excessive oral discharge
🔹 Relieves throat discomforts or loss of voice
🔹Eases symptoms of lung abscess by relieving pus and phlegm discharge
💚 𝗚𝗼 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻, 𝗴𝗼 𝘃𝗲𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻
Link: Soupermum CoWeCare