Botanical Name: Astragalus membranaceus
- Also, known as: Milk vetch, Huang qi, Radix astragali, Huáng Qí, 黄芪, Milkvetch roots
Parts Used: Root
Astragalus root is native to China. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. However, it has quickly integrated itself into Western Herbalists. It is one of the most important herbs commonly used by Western Herbalists. Astragalus is an herbaceous perennial, growing between 20-40 centimeters tall. It grows in grassy regions and on mountainsides, requiring lots of exposure to the sun. When grown for cultivation, the plants are traditionally harvested after four or five years, with the roots collected in spring or fall. The roots are yellow in color and have a sweet, moistening taste with a firm, fibrous texture There are more than 2,000 different species in the Astragalus genus. No other species are known to have the same qualities as Astragalus membranaceus, although a few are used medicinally. It comes from a type of bean or legume. While there are multiple species of astragalus, most astragalus supplements contain Astragalus membranaceus. The herb is said to offer multiple health benefits for multiple conditions.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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