Astragalus root comes from a perennial plant that is found across much of northern China and Mongolia. The herb is a staple of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), where it has been used for centuries as a superior tonic.
Directions: To make an astragalus tea, simmer roots for 30 minutes. Use one teaspoon of herb per each cup of water. (When using slices break them into pieces to estimate quantity, it is not important to be exact with this herb). Drink one to three cups a day.
Add a slice or two of astragalus along with ginger root to a warming winter soup, such as chicken noodle, or hot and sour or spicy coconut Thai dishes.
Suggested Uses: Astragalus is a traditional Chinese tonic and adaptogen and is considered one of the most valued of the tonic herbs. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), it is sometimes recommended for young adults while ginseng is recommended for older persons. The protective energy of the body, Qi is composed of outer energy (Wei Qi) and inner energy (Ying Qi) Astragalus is believed to strengthen Wei Qi while ginseng strengthens Ying Qi. A good all encompassing strengthening blend would include both astragalus and ginseng.
Caution/Safety: The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies Astragalus Root as:
Class:1 herbs which can be safely consumed when used appropriately
*Michael McGuffin, ed., American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook, (New York: CRC Press, 1997)
Astragalus Root (Powder) ORGANIC
Astragalus Root (Powder) ORG
- Brand: Frontier Bulk
Botanical Name: Astragalus membranaceus Bunge
Size: 1 lb
Package: Bulk Bag
Introduction Date: 2000-09-01
Serving Size 1 tsp
Amount per % Daily
Total Carbohydrate 1g <1%*
Dietary Fiber <1g 3%*
Certified Organic Astragulus, powder (root) 1200mg **
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
** Daily Value not established.
Common Name: Astragalus Root
Plant Part: Root
Bar Code: 0-89836-02727-6