Scientific Name: Astragalus propinquus
Higher Classification: Milkvetch
Rank Name: Species
Order Name: Fabales


Published Date: 6/17/2023 5:55:15 AM

What is Astragalus:

  • Astragalus is an adaptogen, used to strengthen and regulate the immune system, treat the common cold, upper respiratory infections, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.
  • Astragalus is a small woody evergreen shrub that grows in northern China and the elevated regions of the Chinese provinces, Yunnan and Sichuan. It is also known as "Huang qi", "Milk-vetch", and "Locoweed". Astragalus is a large genus of over 2,000 species of herbs and small shrubs, only two are primarily used in supplements  "Astragalus membranaceus" and "Astragalus mongholicus". (More Details)
  • Composition: Astragalus contains flavonoids, which controls and kills free radicals preventing cancer, heart diseases, and immunodeficiency viruses. Saponins control the blood cholesterol and help to lower it down to a normal level. Polysaccharides have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. It also contains triterpenoids.


  • Astragalus roots are used to make different forms of supplements, including liquid extracts, capsules, powders, and teas.
  • Astragalus is sometimes also given as an injection in a hospital setting.

What are its benefits:

  • Its main use is to stimulate the body's immune system, also used to treat heart disease.
  • It has antioxidant effects, that inhibit free radical production, that linked to many health problems like aging.
  • It is a natural dietary supplement used for various health conditions like the common cold, diabetes, upper respiratory infections, and fibromyalgia.
  • It also stimulates the spleen, lungs, circulatory system, urinary system, liver, as well as treats asthma, osteoarthritis, nervous conditions
  • It is used to lower blood sugar and blood pressure.

Ayurvedic Properties:

  • Rasa (Taste):  Katu (Pungent) and Kashaya (Astringent)
  • Guna (qualities):  Laghu (Light) and Rooksha (Dry)
  • Veerya (Potency):  Ushna (Hot)
  • Vipaka (The end product of digestion):  Katu (Pungent)
  • Karma (Effects on doshas): It pacifies Vata and Kapha dosha and eliminates Pitta dosha.
  • In Ayurveda, the juice extract from the root is used as "Vishatinduka Taila" which is useful in gout and skin diseases. 

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