The Wonderful Chinese Herb Huang qi (also known as Astragalus)

Looking for something to support your immune system during these stressful times? Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb which has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine to stimulate the immune system and fight disease.

Huang qi (Astragalus) is well known in China and one of the most important herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Its name,”Huang qi” means “yellow leader” it is a long yellow tap root and is deservedly popular because it helps the body in a variety of ways. 

Potential benefits of this amazing herb include:

  • Huang qi is probably best known for it’s ability to boost immunity
  • It is often used in Chinese Medicine to treat the common cold and upper respiratory infections.
  • Strengthens the body during periods of immune deficiency and can help alleviate some symptoms of chemotherapy
  • May help prevent colds, allergies and the flu
  • It also fights bacteria, viruses, and inflammation
  • Protects the liver, acts as a diuretic and benefits digestive functions
  • Treats disorders of the skin from burns to carbuncles
  • Huang qi is used in the treatment of hepatitis, chronic colitis, cardiovascular diseases and viral conditions.

Astragalus can be used by itself or in combination with other herbs. It is commonly found in immune boosting formulas and is also used to promote the functions of several other herbs, such as Dan Shen (Salvia) and Dang Gui (Angelica sinensis root). 

Astragalus comes in several forms including; powdered granules, liquid extracts, tea and pills. The raw herb can be added to soups and stews while they cook, providing additional health benefits to the meal. When I was in Graduate school some of my professors would put Huang Qi in the chicken stock when they made chicken soup.

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  1. Hello
    Im from Chile and i would like try with astragalus for prevention diary.
    Dosage and where find it?.

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  2. Hi. Is it safe to take this herb daily (boiled as tea) if I have a cyst in the uterus?

    I can’t go out to see a doctor or herbalist now due to Covid scare.

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      Hi, to be very safe I suggest you contact your doctor on the phone to find out what restrictions are best for you. Generally this is a very safe herb but as with anything it depends on the person and their personal medical history. I hope you are hanging in during this difficult time!

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