Astragalus is known for increasing energy and supporting the immune system. It is an herb that supports digestive function and helps to build blood. In Chinese Medicine, Astragalus is considered an Energy (Qi) tonifying herb. This herb supports the Lung and Spleen organs in the body therefore your body is better able to absorb energy from the foods you eat and air you breathe. Astragalus, also called “Huang Chi” in Chinese, essentially benefits the body in two main ways. It supports both yin and yang.
Astragalus benefits known for energizing and warming the yang exterior of the body, outer limbs, legs and arms. This herb also regulates “Wei Chi”, referred to as the protective element. This tonifies and protects circulation of blood just under the skins surface, which also opens and closes pores and speeds up the healing of skin. Astragalus builds white blood cells. Wei Chi pulls chi into the body from the air we breathe and the food we eat and works to tonify the lungs and spleen meridians.
Astragalus also penetrates deeper into the vital organ systems, providing vitality and energy by nourishing the blood, building blood and actively moving it through the vessels. It also regulates fluids, metabolism and digestive components and often suggested to diabetics because of its sugar metabolizing abilities.
As an immune builder, Astragalus tonifies the “protective qi” which is the energy that runs below the surface of the skin. This helps the body fight off external pathogens that you are exposed to.
Astragalus also protects what is called “upright qi” known as the energy in the body that supports upright posture and the correct position of the organs. Weak “upright qi” can cause organ prolapsed, slumping or slouching, and exhaustion.
In Asian and Taoist cultures astragalus is well known for its many benefits and is considered the best super herb for the active lifestyle. It helps relieve fatigue and is used by athletes around the world for strength, endurance and muscle building qualities. Astragalus is great for circulation.
Astragalus increases your Chi which is active energy. This in turn, increases mental clarity, physical endurance, immunity and recovery from depletion or severe exhaustion.
Astragalus is one of the few herbs that the benefits can be felt immediately after taking and no side effects. This herb is great support for the adrenal exhaustion and chi depletion individual. If you are suffering from lack of sleep and stress this is an excellent herb to consider.
In the West we consider Astragalus as an immune system adaptogen. The medicinal root protects and nurtures the body from sickness as it provides a high level of antioxidants in the form of polysaccharides, saponins, and flavanoids.
Astragalus is a hundred of times stronger than Vitamin C, it never overstimulates the immune system, instead protects and nourishes it. In addition, astragalus extract strengthens our building T cells and regulating the thymus.
It has recently been proven that astragalus root contains a saponin that activates telomerase. Telomerase is an enzyme that help to grow back telomeres and extend our DNA strands which normally shortens as we age.
Astragalus promotes a tranquil, clear and positive state of mind as it gives you an abundance of energy. This quality is often compared to the energy of a child, helping you to relieve stress and focus on what makes you happy in life.
You can purchase in many ways such as powder form, capsules, tonics – I like to purchase a powder form and usually shop Jing Herbs.
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