Pinyin Name: Huang Qi
English Name: Radix Astragali
Other Names: Astragalus Root, Bei Qi
Tastes: Slightly Sweet, Almost No Smell
Origin: Inner Mongolia, Shanxi and Heilongjiang provinces in China
Benefits of Huang Qi:
Huang Qi, also known as Astragalus Root, is native to Asia. It is harvested in spring and autumn. Huang Qi covers meridians of lung and spleen. Main functions have invigorating qi for strengthening superficies, promoting diuresis to push toxic, draining pus, and healing boils to promote tissue regeneration. Common uses and indications are deficiency of vital energy and lacking in strength, reduced appetite and loose stool, prolapse due to chronic diarrhea, uterine bleeding, spontaneous perspiration caused by exterior deficiency, qi deficiency induced edema, non-healing of boils, carbuncle-abscess that refuse to burst, sallow yellow facial complexion caused by blood deficiency, consumptive thirst caused by internal heat, chronic nephritis proteinuria, diabetes. Recommended dosage is from 9 to 30 grams.
Huang Qi is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Yu Ping Feng San is formulated for defensive qi instability, spontaneous sweating caused by exterior deficiency, and susceptible to the attack of wind pathogen. Its ingredient herbs include Huang Qi, Bai Zhu, Fang Feng and more. 2) Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang is used for sequela of apoplexy. Its ingredient herbs include Huang Qi, Dang Gui, Chuan Xiong, Di Long and more.