Astragalus, Popular Chinese Tonic Herb

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Herbal Profiles, Kerri Bailey | 0 comments

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a one of the most popular Chinese tonic herbs used as a powerful immune enhancer and energy booster for thousands of years.  As a member of the pea family, Astragalus is a vine native to China, Asia and parts of the U.S. The root is used as a Qi replenisher (Qi is our life force or vital energy), to prevent illness and aids in the recovery of infections.

The Chinese consider Astragalus as a “warming” tonic herb that works without adding heat to the body, it actually can cool a fever. Astragalus is a valued digestive tonic (good for the spleen),diuretic, adaptogen (helps us handle stress) and can heighten our immune system. Great for colds and flu as it also works as an antiviral by boosting our bodies own natural defenses. Many studies have reported this herb’s ability to protect the liver by reducing the side effects of many drugs, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Astragalus extracts have been shown to restore immuno-compromised cells from cancer patients and can even extend the lifespan of human cells in vitro.

Astragalus is sold as teas, capsules and tinctures. In Asia, it is usually made into a soup or broth along with other vegetables and herbs. It is fairly non-toxic, safe, mild and tasty too! Drink this root as a decoction tea and combine with other herbs such as Licorice, Ginger, and Cinnamon for immune enhancing; Ashwaganda and Eluethero for energy booster/stress reducer; and with Chinese Angelica as a blood tomic.

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