Astragalus (Huang Qi)

Botanical Name: Western – Astragalus. Eastern – Chinese is Astragalus membranaceus.

This herb is known for its ability to help strengthen immunity. The Chinese consider it one of the best tonic herbs available to treat old, young, weak and strong.

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Western Name: Astragalus

Also Known As: Milkvetch, Locoweed, Goat’s Thorn.

Organs/Systems: Immunity, Blood Tonic

Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Adaptogen, Antioxidant, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antiviral, Anti-aging; diabetes, protect liver, immunity from cancer and HIV, aid recovery from chemo and radiation treatments, fatigue, lack of appetite, stress, and flu.


Pin Yin: Huang Qi

Also Known As: Big Yellow/Leader

Meridians: Spleen, Lung, Triple Warmer

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Major Qi Tonic. Tonify Spleen and Raise Yang Qi of Spleen/Stomach: prolapses and uterine bleeding. Tonify Qi and Blood: post partum fever, blood loss. Promote Urination and Reduce Edema. Promote Discharge of Pus/Generate Flesh: chronic ulcerations and sores due to deficiency. Also treats wasting and thirsting disorders, numbness of limbs, paralysis, and painful obstructions.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

Native to temperate regions of Northern Hemisphere. Grassy regions and on mountainsides with lots of exposure to sun. Belongs to the legume family, Fabaceae. Traditionally harvested when four or five years old or older, with root collected in the spring and fall.

Parts Most Frequently Used: Root

Flavors: Sweet, Warm

Caution: Can make it difficult for body to eliminate lithium, so do not use with lithium.

History/Folklore: As one of the top tonic herbs in TCM, Astragalus is very safe and beneficial to use. About 3,000 species in genus of herbs and small shrubs. It is sometimes called “Big Yellow,” because yellow is the corresponding color for the “Earth” element within the five element system of TCM.

Key Constituents:

Cyclastagenol (also called TAT2), an adaptogen, polysaccharides, flavonoids, and trace minerals, especially Selenium.

Did you know?

Bulk Up

Used by martial artists to rejuvenate and build muscle. Sweet “flavor” lends flavor and health benefits when used in soups to tonify your whole system.


1st Century A.D.

The recorded history of the plant Astragalus dates back to at least the 1st Century A.D., and the genus was well known to western European botanists of the 17th century.

Fun fact!

Red Blood Cell Count

Increases red blood cell count in folks with degenerative or chronic illnesses. Excellent and safe for treating all ages, young and old, strong or weak.


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