Codonopsis tonifies digestion, alleviates fatigue, increases the appetite, and is a general strengthener. It is often used in place of ginseng but has a milder effect and is not as stimulating. Codonopsis tastes pleasant and sweetÝthe roots can be added to teas and soups for their general strengthening properties. It is one of the first herbs to think of when fatigue is present, and it is an important lung tonic used for chronic coughs, chronic asthma, or lung weakness in general. Codonopsis increases red blood cell counts and strengthens the respiratory tract and the immune system.