All About Astragalus
Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb, often used as a preventative measure against respiratory infections and digestive disturbances. It has been used since ancient Chinese times.
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Latin Name: Astragalus membranaceus
Other Common Names
- Huang qi, huang si, milk vetch
- Not to be confused with Astragalus lentiginosus and A. mollissimus, which contain a toxic constituent that has caused livestock poisoning.
This legume shrub has pastel flowers that form into pods. The plant has thick roots.
The root is used. It is often combined with multiple other herbs in Chinese medicine. As a tea, 3-6 Tbsp of the dried chopped root can be simmered for 15 minutes, strained and drunk.
Flavonoids, saponins, polysaccharides, and triterpenoids such as astragalosides