Balloon flower root

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Balloon Flower Root Benefits & Information

Balloon Flower Root is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb used:

Respiratory Health: Balloon flower has been traditionally used to alleviate respiratory conditions such as coughs, colds, and bronchitis due to its expectorant properties.
As well as benefiting the throat.

Anti-inflammatory: It contains compounds with anti-inflammatory effects, which may help reduce inflammation in the body and alleviate symptoms of inflammatory conditions like arthritis.

Immune Support: Balloon flower may boost the immune system, helping the body fight off infections and illnesses.

Digestive Aid: Some traditional uses include using balloon flower to aid digestion and alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort.

To Expel Pus:  Rid phlegm and disseminate Lung Qi

Balloon flower, also known as Platycodon grandiflorus, is a plant native to East Asia and is renowned for its medicinal properties. 

Common Name:   Balloon Flower, Platycodon Root, Balloon flower Root, Bellflower, Bellflower Root
Botanical Name:   Platycodon grandiflorum; Radix
Pin Yin Name:  Jie Geng
Balloon Flower Root Precautions: Do not use if pregnant or nursing.  Contraindicated in those with chronic cough from Yin Deficiency.

How to Use Balloon Flower:

Tea: You can prepare balloon flower tea by steeping dried balloon flower roots or petals in hot water. This tea can be consumed to promote respiratory health or alleviate inflammation.

Tincture: Balloon flower tinctures are also available and can be taken orally for medicinal purposes.

Powder: Balloon flower root powder can be incorporated into herbal formulations or used to make capsules.
Balloon Flower Root Properties: 
Bitter, Acrid, Neutral
Balloon Flower Root Channels / Meridians:  Lungs, Stomach
Balloon Flower Root Naturally Occurring Components:  platycodin, deapioplatycodin, 2-O-acetylplatycodin, 3-O-acetylplatycodin, platycodigenin, polygalacic acid, methyl 3-O-β-D-glucpyranosyl polygalacate, methyl 3-O-β-laminaribiosyl polygalacat


  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult a healthcare professional before using balloon flower medicinally.
  • Individuals with allergies to plants in the Campanulaceae family (such as bellflower or comfrey) should exercise caution when using balloon flower.

Herbs That Combine With Balloon Flower Root 

  1. Ginger: Balloon flower and ginger both possess anti-inflammatory properties and can complement each other in teas or tinctures aimed at reducing inflammation.

  2. Licorice: Combining balloon flower with licorice root may enhance its expectorant properties and provide additional respiratory support.

  3. Echinacea: Echinacea is another herb known for its immune-boosting properties and can be combined with balloon flower to support overall immune function.

  4. Other complimentary herbs are:  Burdock     Angleica Dahurica     Schizonepeta     Forsythia Suspensa     Chuan Xin Lian

Noteworthy Information On Balloon Flower Root

Traditional Medicinal Uses: Balloon flower root has been used for centuries in traditional East Asian medicine, particularly in Korean, Chinese, and Japanese herbal practices. It is prized for its medicinal properties, which include treating respiratory ailments such as coughs, colds, and bronchitis. The root is often prepared as a tea or tincture to alleviate respiratory discomfort and promote lung health.

Culinary Delicacy: In addition to its medicinal uses, balloon flower root is also consumed as a culinary delicacy in some East Asian cuisines, particularly in Korean cuisine. The root, known as doraji (도라지) in Korean, is often used in salads, stir-fries, and soups. It has a slightly sweet and crunchy texture, making it a versatile ingredient in various dishes.

Unique Flowering Pattern: The name "balloon flower" is derived from the unique shape of its flower buds, which resemble small, inflated balloons before they bloom. As the buds mature, they gradually open into star-shaped flowers in hues of blue, purple, pink, or white, depending on the variety. This distinctive flowering pattern adds ornamental value to gardens and landscapes, making balloon flower a popular choice among gardeners and flower enthusiasts.



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