Astragalus ( 黄耆 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Milk Vetch Root
Part of Plant Used
Most often used to stimulate immune-system function and enhance or speed healing and/or draining where there is edema, pus formation, or chronic ulceration (TCM: treats deficienry ofQi and most other deficient conditions except deficient-yin syndromes with heat signs); also used totreat debilitating excessive sweating with accompanying weakness (TCM: tonifies Qi and helps close pores).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Traditional Usages and Functions: Tonifies Spleen and benefits Qi; raises the Yang Qi of the Spleen and Stomach; strengthens the exterior (the body's first line of defense) and stops sweating; promotes urination and removes edema; promotes healing and discharge of pus; tonifies Qi and Blood.
Common Formulas Used In
Ginseng and Astragalus; Ginseng and Longan; Ginseng and Tang Gui Ten; Stephania and Astragalus.
Astragalus is renowned for its superb immune-enhancing properties. Entire books have been written on this herb alone.
Cautions in Use