Astragalus, a member of the pea family, started to make an appearance in Western herb shops some 15 years ago, yet, it is still not widely recognized or used, except by those studying Chinese Medicine. Astragalus, like many amazing Herbs of Asian medicine, is another well kept secret.
Also known as Huang qi - 'yellow leader', traditional Chinese medicine regards it as one of the most useful tonics, especially for young people. It stimulates and strengthens the immune system and promotes the production T-lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that is vital to the proper function of the body's defence mechanisms. Thus, Astragalus is recommended in all kinds of chronic infections and diseases that compromise the immune system, such as AIDS, Lupus, ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It can help to reduce spontaneous sweating or night sweats, which are often symptomatic of such conditions. Astragalus is also highly recommended to aid recovery from chemo- and radiation therapy and in Chinese medicine it is used as a blood tonic and metabolic stimulant. It acts as an anti-viral, diuretic, and vasodilator, which has the effect of increasing blood flow, warming and energizing the system while reducing the blood pressure. Astragalus is a very versatile tonic that can be combined with other herbs to support a specific system or used as a general tonic by itself.
Magical Astragalus is an excellent protective herb, especially against the demons of disease. It can be used to boost Chi and re-establish equilibrium.