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Astragalus has a rich history of use in Chinese and Asian cultures. It is native to China, Mongolia and North Korea, and is an ancient component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The herb was mentioned in the Divine Husbandman’s Classic of the Materia Medica, written anonymously during the first century AD and attributed to the teachings of the legendary figure Shennong who is thought to have lived approximately 5000 years ago.
Astragalus is a large genus of around 3,000 species, belonging to the legume family Fabaceae. Other common names for Astragalus include Huang Qi, Běi Qí, Mongolian Milkvetch, Chinese Astragalus, Membranous Milkvetch and Mongolian Milk. Astragalus is considered to be an adaptogen by herbalists, providing deep immune system support. From a Chinese point of view it is considered a superior qi (energy) tonic; enhancing energy, especially if a person is recovering from an illness or has been exhausted by fatigue.
The energetics and taste of the Root are sweet and warm and Astragalus supports the spleen, lungs, immune system, kidneys and heart. Use Astragalus root with Echinacea, Reishi or Elderberry for boosting immunity. For allergies use Astragalus Root with Marshmallow Root; and for lungs mix Astragalus with Coltsfoot, Plantain Leaf or Licorice Root. For kidneys combine with Goldenrod, Horsetail or Corn Silk.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Astragalus Root to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Or use 1 tsp of powder in liquid or food one to three times daily.
Cautions & contraindications:
Astragalus is contraindicated for those with acute infections. Those with autoimmune conditions should speak with their healthcare provider before using Astragalus, as it may stimulate immune function. Similarly, it may also interfere with drugs that are meant to suppress the immune system.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your health care provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.