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Huang Qi (Astragalus)

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Slightly Warm Huang Qi (Radix Astragali Membranacei)
Channels:
LU, SP
Properties:
Sweet, Slightly Warm
Latin:
Radix Astragali Membranacei
Chinese:
黄芪
Tone Marks:
huáng qí

Actions

  • Tonify Qi and Blood Treats the symptoms of Spleen deficiency; pale face, fatigue, tired extremities, diarrhea, Spleen not containing blood, easily bruise or bleed, severe blood loss, hematemesis, hematochezia, uterine bleeding. Treats postpartum fever due to Qi and blood deficiency. Also for LU and SP Xu cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, profuse white and water sputum. Used to Tonify Qi and Blood deficiencies with signs of dizziness, sallow face, vertigo, low energy, no desire to speak, spontaneous sweating, palpitations, insomnia, low grade fever
  • Raise Yang
    Organ prolapse, rectal and uterine prolapse
  • Tonify Wei Qi and Stabilize Exterior
    Treats spontaneous sweating, frequent colds, shortness of breath. Qi, yin or Yang Deficiency type sweating
  • Promotes Urination and Reduces Edema
    Superficial edema, facial edema, heaviness in body, decrease urination
  • Expels Pus, Generates Flesh
    Chronic ulcers and sores that have trouble forming or pus or don’t drain well.
  • Wasting and Thirsting (Xiao Ke)
    Thirst and fatigue
  • Numbness, Pain, or Paralysis
    Numb muscles, pain or paralysis due to the insufficient nourishment and/or circulation of Qi and blood

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use during third semester of pregnancy
  • Not for excess exterior pathogens
  • Not for excess Yang with Yin Deficiency
  • Not for upper jiao heat and lower jiao cold
  • Not for patients with excess qi
  • Not for sores due to heat in the blood
  • Not for patients with allergies

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • May interfere with Anti-Diabetic drugs.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • Fairly non-toxic. Possible symptoms of overdose are headache, tight chest, insomnia, dizziness, flushing, and high blood pressure.

Dosage

  • 9-15 grams in decoction, up to 30 Grams if required (Bensky)
  • 9-15 Grams in decoction, up to 120 Grams (Chen)

Notes

  • Huang Qi is an important ingredient to tonify in many formulas used for cancer patients after chemotherapy and radiation.

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