Astragalus is one of the most important herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, known as Huang Qi. It is native to China and Asia, and there are thought to be over 2,000 varieties of Astragalus. However, only two species, Astragalus membranaceus and Astragalus mongholicus, are used for health.
Huang Qi, a perennial plant, takes approximately four years to mature, and then its yellowy root, which is the medicinal part, is harvested in autumn after flowering. The herb is then used in teas, extracts, soups, or tablet form, often combined with Ginseng.
This critical herb has immune-enhancing, antibacterial, antibiotic, and anti-viral properties and contains antioxidants, which protect our cells against free radical damage. In addition, it balances the immune system, energizes skin cells, and soothes allergic reactions.
Astragalus is also widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to promote the healing of skin injuries and wounds, increase lung capacity and energy levels, improve metabolism, assist digestive problems, and relieve kidney conditions.