Herbs Guide


Family Name: Fabaceae

Botanical Name(s): Astragalus membranaceus

Popular Name(s): Milk vetch, Huang qi, Milk vetch root, Goat's horn, Green dragon, Yellow emperor.

Parts Used: Roots

Habitat: Astragalus is indigenous to the northern and eastern parts of China and some areas of Mongolia.

Description: Astragalus membranaceus is a sprawling perennial legume, about 16 inches high. Astragalus membranaceus has a hairy stem, leaves made up of 12-18 leaflets and aromatic flowers.

Uses: Astragalus membranaceus is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine and has proved its positive influence on human health. Astragalus is the primary herb used in Chinese medicines to tone the immune system of the lungs. It is useful for conditions of immune deficiency that leads to spontaneous sweating.