Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food. ...Hippocrates
This fact sheet provides basic information about the herb astragalus--common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. Herb is a plant or part of a plant used for its flavor, scent, or potential therapeutic properties. Includes flowers, leaves, bark, fruit, seeds, stems, and roots. Native to China, astragalus has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine is a whole medical system that originated in China. It is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage, and acupuncture seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and the flow of qi. In the United States, the herb gained popularity in the 1980s.
Common Name--astragalus, bei qiIn (traditional Chinese medicine, the vital energy or life force proposed to regulate a person's spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang.), huang qi, ogi, hwanggi, milk vetch
Latin Name--Astragalus membranaceus, Astragalus mongholicus
The root of the astragalus plant is typically used in soups, teas, extracts, or capsules. Astragalus is generally used with other herbs, such as ginseng, angelica, and licorice.
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