Astragalus herb was originally found in Asia. The name of this Chinese herb, huang qi, is translated "yellow leader", for of it's yellow root. The herb is a member of a large genus of over 2,100 types of herbs and small plants, and is part of the legume family. it may also be commonly known as milk vetch, goat's thorn, and sometimes locoweed.

This herb is considered one of the most effective and useful ancient Chinese healing remedies. These ancient remedies are generally produced from the root of the plant.

There are many types of astragalus, with over 2,000 species of the plant. Of the 2,000 species, only two are used for medical purposes.

• Astragalus membranaceus
• Astragalus mongholicus

These two types of astragalus may go under a number of different names including:

• Bei qi
• Huang qi
• Ogi
• Milk vetch
• Hwanggi
• Astragalus

The traditional Chinese medical practice is to boil the plant's root in water, to remove any impurities. It is then usually often combined with other herbs, and root plants such as ginseng, and maitake mushroom. Astragalus Herb can be found in many different forms such as supplements, extracts, and teas.

Traditional Uses

  • Intestinal Maladies
  • Night Sweats
  • Energy Drink
  • Improve the Immune System
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cautions and Concerns

Landscaping and Gardening

You may also find several species used as decorative plants in many gardens.

Cautions and Concerns

There have been very few studies to this point on Astragalus, so please consult with a medical professional before embarking on any vitamin, supplement, or medicinal regimen. People with certain autoimmune problems, such as AIDS, arthritis, Crohn's disease, lupus, or diabetes, as well as transplant patients should not used any supplements unless approved by their physician. Additionally, people using certain medications which effect the immune system, need to consult with their doctor before suing this herb, or supplement derivative.

Recent studies have shown that Astragalus Herb may be beneficial to your health, and help strengthen your immune system.
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