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Astragalus

(Astragalus membranaceus)

This is a non naive species. There are many other species in the Astragalus genus which are native to this country, but they are not used interchangeably, and are for the most part highly toxic.

Other Names:

Huáng qí (in Chinese medicine)

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This plant is a non native species. If found, it will be a transplant in a garden setting. This plant can be purchased in a root powder form.

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Non-native species

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Roots

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Wild Food Uses:

Roots can be sliced and simmered in stews, soups, and broths.

The following text is meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of any illness or injury.

Medicinal Uses:

An extract from the root has been shown to boost and restore the immune system. Studies have shown it to even help restore the immune system of people who have undergone chemotherapy. This is an excellent plant to have in your arsenal.

Medicinal Actions:

Adaptogen, Antioxidant, Antiviral, Hypotensive, Depurative, Immunostimulant, Nervine, Stomachic

Notice the yellow ochre color.

You will typically purchase this root in either a powdered or chopped form.

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Revised: 05/11/16 Living Afield