Scientific Name:Astragalus membranaceus
Common Names:Huang qi, yellow leader, milk vetch
Part Used:Roots, rhizomes
Habitat:Astragalus is native to Mongolia and China. Cultivated in the U.S. and Canada
Astragalus is one of the most popular herbs in the traditional Chinese medicine system. It has been in use for over 2000 years. This herb is most often used as a diuretic and for lowering high blood pressure. Many people use it to treat upper respiratory infections as well as the common cold, as it seems to increase the production of white blood cells. Traditionally, this astragalus has also been used to increase energy, strengthen the immune system, treat excessive sweating, ulcers and diarrhea.