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Your How-To Guide for Growing Astragalus

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), a member of the pea family, is an adaptogenic herb with a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an immune strengthening tonic
  • Adaptogenic herbs such as astragalus root help your body adapt to physical, emotional or mental stress. Its immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties also lower your risk for infections and other diseases
  • For medical use, the astragalus root is made into powder, herbal decoctions, tea, capsules and ointments. The raw root can also be used in cooking for a medicinal kick
  • While the plant is easy to grow in zones 6 through 11, astragalus seeds have a poor germination rate, and the seeds need to be properly prepared before planting
  • Recipes and instructions for making your own homemade astragalus oil, tincture, tea and astragalus chicken soup are included

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), a member of the pea family, is an adaptogenic herb with a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an immune strengthening tonic, where it goes by the name of Huang Qi and Hwanggi. Another English name for this shrub is milkvetch.


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