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



Slightly warm



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 to treat 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



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

Cautions in Use


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