Plant Information

Scientific Name: Astragalus membranaceus
Alternative Names: Milk vetch, Huang qi

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Astragalus membranaceus
Astragalus membranaceus


  • Perennial
  • Native to East Asia.
  • Sprawling fully hardy plant with pale yellow roots and downy, light green leaves.
  • Full sun and sandy, slightly alkaline soil.

Culinary Uses

  • Ingredient in tonic teas and wines.

Parts Used

  • The roots are lifted in autumn and dried for decoctions, powders and tinctures.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Traditionally important in Chinese medicine. Stimulates the immune system, spleen,
  • lungs, liver, circulatory and urinary systems. Lowers blood pressure and sugar levels.
  • Increases stamina. Improves recovery
  • and longevity in cancer patients
  • undergoing chemotherapy.
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