Known as Huang Chi in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Astragalus has also become quite a popular staple in Western Herbalism. The root of Astragulus taken internally stimulates the immune system in many ways. More stem cells are produced in the bone marrow and lymph which develop into active immune cells throughout the body. It also reenergizes immune cells already in existence into activity.
Astragalus has an affinity to the lungs and the respiratory system. It is tonifying and restorative to the liver. It is an adaptogen, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, anti tumor, and a very revializing energy tonic. It strengthens the “chi” or the vital force.
The blood strengthening properties of Astragalus are valuable in replenishing immune cells that are destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation used in the treatment of cancer.
Astragalus can be taken as an infusion, or tincture. It makes a good addition to vegetable or chicken broth. This broth can be drunk as a preventative to ward off viruses and infections as well as a restorative for convalescence due to serious illness.
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