Radix Astragali

Radix Astragali tonifies the spleen and augments the Qi: for spleen deficiency presenting with lack of appetite, fatigue and diarrhea. It also augments the protective Qi and stabilizes the exterior: for deficiency with spontaneous sweating, as the herb stabilizes the protective Qi.

Pharmaceutical name: Radix Astragali Membranaceus
Botanical name: Astragalus membranaceus (Fisch.) Bge. or A. membranaceus Bge. var. mongholicus Hsiao. The latter plant is also known as A. mongholicus Bge.
Family: leguminosae
Where grown: Shanxi,Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, northeastern China
When harvested: spring or autumn (4-year-old plants or older)
Alternate name
bei qi
Japanese: ogi
Korean: hwanggi
English: Ginseng Root
Literal English translation: "milk-vetch root", "astragalus"
Properties: Sweet, slightly warm
Text in which first appeared: Divine Husbandman’s Classic of the Materia Medica

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