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Herbal Learning: Astragalus

Astragalus (Astragalus Membranaceus) Milkvetch, Goat's Thorn

Native to Northern and Eastern China, a perennial of the Fabaceae family.

It grows to 16-36in tall, a perennial plant that has hairy stems with leaves made up of 12-18 pairs of leaflets. Harvested at 4 years, The root is the main medicinal element, from traditional Chinese medicine.

It aids in immune system support, antiviral properties, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, Is an antioxidant, is commonly use to help chemo therapy patients, boosting their immune system.

It is a mild diuretic, talk with a doctor before dosage, too high of dosage can suppress immune systems. it also interacts with other herbs and prescriptions.

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