Astragalus ( 黄耆 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Astragali; Astragalus

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Huang Qi

Common English Name

Milk Vetch Root

Part of Plant Used

Root

Nature

Slightly warm

Taste

Sweet

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Lungs

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required

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Remarks

Astragalus is renowned for its superb immune-enhancing properties. Entire books have been written on this herb alone.

Cautions in Use

None



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