An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.
Astragalus - Astragalus membranaceus - family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae) (Mimosaceae) (Pea Family) (Pulse Family) (Mimosa Family).
This perennial plant grows to about sixteen inches high. It has compound
leaves with many pairs of leaflets. It has yellow pea-like flowers, which
are followed by hanging pods, which contain the seeds. Its roots are one
of the more better known of the Traditional Chinese Medicinal herbs, which
is called Huang Qi. Traditional use of roots as a Chinese remedy for kidney
problems, diabetes, poor circulation and allergies. Modern Japanese (Kampo)
use of roots in the medical treatment of some cancers. Leaves are currently
used internally in North America as a remedy for allergies, Alzheimer's
disease, atherosclerosis, cancer support, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds,
cold sores, diabetes-related problems, flu, genital herpes, hay fever, immune
system support, urinary tract infections, male infertility and the possible
prevention of cancer. It is also used as a tonic for endurance and for treating
the common cold. Note: do not ingest if you suffer from fever or skin infections.
Native to China and eastern Asia.
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