Scientific name: Astragalus membranaceus (Fisch.) Bunge.
Common names: Astragalus, Milk-vetch (English), Huang Qi (Chinese), Hwanggi (Korean) and Ogi (Japanese)
Proven health benefits
Astragalus improves visual acuity and fundus manifestations in patients with diabetic retinopathy.
Preparation and dosage
Astragalus is traditionally used as a strong decoction, made from boiling the dried root in water for a long time. The tea (decoction) dose used to manage diabetes ranges from 20 g twice a day to 60 g four times a day. Start with 40 g/day, which can be increased, according to outcome, up to 240 g/day.
Astragalus is a perennial herb widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for several ailments, including the management of diabetes mellitus and its complications. It is a key component of many Chinese herbal anti-diabetic formulas. Astragalus is also common in Asian food for daily consumption.
Where to buy
Make your own
How to collect or grow it: Roots of any age can be harvested; however, older roots are considered more potent – Harvest astragalus in the fall by first removing the foliage and stems. Astragalus aerial parts have no medicinal value and can be composted or discarded. Next, carefully dig around the base of the stem to expose the taproot. Continue exploring and twisting until most of the root can be extracted from the ground.
How to prepare it: Dry the roots in the shade and then cut them small.
Precautions, interactions, and adverse effects
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
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