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Astragalus (Astragalus membrenaceous)

Dried root of Astragalus (Milk Vetch)

Dried root of Astragalus membrenaceous

Astragalus membranaceus

Common names: Astragalus, Milk Vetch, Mongolian Milk Vetch, Huang qi, Astragalus propinquus 

Family: Fabaceae

Parts used: Root

Habitat: A sweet tasting member of the pea family, perennial and hardy, growing in zone 6, cooler or higher altitude, dry areas and native to northern Asia. 

Constituents:  Polysaccharides and triterpenoids, such as astragalosides. High flavonoid content. Isoflavones including kumatakenin, calycosin, and formononetin and their glycosides and malonates.

Actions: Tonic, Adaptogenic, Immune System Stimulator, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-viral (especially airborne viruses)

Traditional and current uses:

  • One of the 50 Fundamental Plants in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Convalescence
  • To build up the immune system, but not to be taken during an active infection.
  • As a preventative tonic for individuals who suffer recurrent UTIs, coughs or colds. 
  • Post-viral fatigue 
  • To increase stamina and endurance, particularly in younger people
  • In China Astragalus is used to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy treatments and may even improve it's efficacy, though any complimentary cancer support should be under the direction of a health professional. 

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