Astragulus Root (Huang Qi)
What is Astragalus Root?
Astragalus Root is a type of herb native to Asia; it’s long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its health-protective properties. A popular adaptogen—in TCM, it’s even known as a Superior Herb—it’s frequently used to strengthen the Qi, or energy, of the Lungs. There are many varieties of the plant, although two types of Astragalus, Astragalus Membranaceus and Astragalus Mongholicus, are most commonly used for health benefits.*
What are the Benefits of Astragalus Root?
A powerful herb, Astragalus Root exhibits antioxidant activity, helps to support the immune system, and is thought to benefit the respiratory system. Not only is it rich in antioxidants, but also serves as an adaptogen, helping the body better cope with stress. Astragalus Root also appears to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it’s been used for centuries in wound-healing.*
Astragalus Root Benefits:
Supports respiratory system
Offers immune support
Astragalus Root in Traditional Chinese Medicine
It’s best known as a Qi tonic, as it primarily strengthens the Qi of the Lungs and Spleen. However, because these two organs are the primary organs that create Qi from the air we breathe and the food we eat, Astragalus Root helps build Qi for the entire body. Therefore, it’s a major herb for treating fatigue.
Once again, because of the Lungs’ connection to immunity, it can be used to strengthen the immune system. It also helps to build blood. By improving the function of the digestive system, it helps the body absorb the necessary nutrients to generate new blood.
As with Ginseng, Astragalus Root helps to nourish the fluids of the digestive system and can be used to combat diabetes. Not only does it nourish fluids, but it actually balances them by promoting urination when needed and can treat edema and water retention.*
How to Take Astragalus Root
Astragalus Root can be found in powders, extracts, and liquid tinctures. Astragalus Root is used in many herbal supplements, including our Surface Appeal and Breathing Room supplements, to nourish skin and support the respiratory system.
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