Astragalus membranaceus, commonly known as milk-vetch in the North America, as huang qi in China, and as ogi in Japan, is a perennial plant native to Northern and Eastern China, and Korea. Its dried root has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine to tonify Qi (or “vital force”), and for a variety of conditions.
This plant is also known as an adaptogen, meaning that it is thought to help the body adapt to and protect it from stress (physical, mental and emotional).
More contemporary uses of astragalus include protecting and supporting the immune system.
Astragalus stimulates the immune system in a number of ways. In vitro and animal studies have shown that astragalus enhances the activity of natural killer (NK) cells and killer T-cells (two types of important immune cells that attack invading pathogens in the body). It has also been shown to stimulate the actual production of white blood cells, antibodies, and to stimulate the body to produce interferons (a group of substances produced by the body to defend against viral infections).
In addition to immune stimulation, this plant has been shown to also have a variety of other potential beneficial effects. For example, astragalus appears to also have cardio-protective properties and has been shown to improve cardiovascular activity.
Astragalus membranaceus is yet another one of the great ingredients found in Papillex.