Astragalus Root Powder

Astragalus membranaceus
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
Common name: Huang qi
Parts used and where grown: Astragalus is native to northern China and the elevated regions of the Chinese provinces Yunnan and Sichuan. The portion of the plant used medicinally is the four- to seven-year-old dried root collected in the spring. Astragalus root is sweet and nourishing and often included in soups (or taken in capsules or tinctures) for convalescence and general strengthening of the body. Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus) is a member of the pea family and has been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Astragalus, huang qi, is one of the most important tonic herbs in TCM. It is excellent for those who frequently get upper respiratory infections, particularly those with asthma in whom a respiratory infection turns bad quickly.

Astragalus tea or soup is generally made by simmering 5-10 grams of dried root for 15-20 minutes. I generally put one long slice of astragalus root in a pot of soup (looks like a tongue depressor) while cooking and then remove it when I'm ready to serve the soup. You can also use the tincture (3 ml 1-2 times per day). Astragalus is regarded as generally safe. Use it for prevention - once you find yourself dealing with a cold or flu - other herbs are much more appropriate like Echinacea, Elderberry, and Goldenseal. Thyme is good for cough.

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