Astragalus (Huang Qi, or Yellow Vetch) is one of primary medical herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. It is used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine to strengthen or tone the body’s overall vitality. The primary use of Astragalus (Huang Qi) is to strengthen the body against disease by stimulating parts of the body’s immune system.
Astragalus (Huang Qi) can be used to prevent and fight against common cold and flu. For those who often get common colds or flus, astragalus can boost immune function, strengthen lung and upper respiratory tract against infections.
Astragalus (Huang Qi) can be used to treat diabetes. Studies have shown that Huang Qi can regulate blood sugar. According to the traditional Chinese medicine guidelines, Huang Qi can treat excessive and constant thirst, which is one of common symptoms of diabetes.
Astragalus (Huang Qi) can also be used to treat ulcers, such as stomach ulcers or skin ulcers. Any chronic ulcers and sores that have trouble forming or pus or donât drain well can be treated with Huang Qi.
Astragalus is marketed and sold as a health supplement in North America. You may find astragalus supplements in a health food store. And you can easily find raw astragalus in a Chinese herbal store.
Please note: Don’t use Astragalus (Huang Qi) for feverish or hypertensive conditions.