Chinese Name: Huang Qi
English Name: Astragalus
Latin Name: Radix Astragali Membranacei
Group: Herbs that Tonify Qi
It is warm, no toxic, tastes slightly sweet, and has almost no smell. It acts on the lung and spleen channels.
WHY IT'S USED: Huang Qi (Astragalus) is a popular tonic herb,
often in combination with other herbs, to strengthen the body against disease. It is suitable for a patient who has a low energy
and blood deficiency. It is used to protect and support the immune system,
for preventing colds and upper respiratory infections, and to increase the production of blood
cells particularly in individuals with chronic degenerative disease or in individuals with cancer undergoing
chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Astragalus supplements have been shown to speed recovery and extend
life expectancy. Research on using astragalus for people with AIDS has produced inconclusive results.
Also it has functions such as
lowering blood pressure, vaso-dilation, prolonging diuretic effect, lessening proteinuria, lower blood sugar
improving endurance, protecting liver function and regulate blood sugar
Herbal Medicinal Uses and Indications:
Adaptogen - protects the body from stress
Colds and influenza
High blood pressure
COMMENTS AND CAUTIONS:
It is suitable for a patient who is anemic, weak and low energy with a plump body.
For a petient who is thin and wiry, with a drak complexion, the drug will cause fullness in the chest.
Side effects of Astragalus are rare. It can generally be used safely, but it may counteract the immune-suppressing effects of cyclophosphamide, a medication used to reduce
the chances of rejection in transplant recipients, as well as corticosteroids.
Dosage: 15 to 30 grams
Astragalus can be given to children.
Child dose should be a half of adult dose.
Chinese Herbal Medicine Dictionary p 2037
Compendium of Materia Medica(Bencao Gangmu) p12-02