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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Overall Health


Traditional Chinese Essence of Northern Astragalus

Those suffering from fatigue will benefit from Chinese Essence of Northern Astragalus, which is designed to boost vitality and improve digestive function.

Chinese name: Bei Qi Jing (bay chee jing)

Also known as: Extractum Astragali, Essence of Northern Astragalus

Indications

Fatigue, weak immune system

Functions

Tonifies spleen qi and lung qi

Description

Available in small one-dose vials, this remedy is a 50/50 mixture of honey and Astragalus root (huang qi). This perennial member of the pea family produces a large yellow root that is highly prized in Chinese herbal medicine. It is often cooked in soup bases to provide a boost to the vital energy. A safe and effective herb, it strengthens the immune system (wei qi) by increasing production of antibodies and macrophages, cells that attack disease-causing pathogens and foreign objects in the body.

It is also used to strengthen spleen qi, meaning it improves digestive function and overall vitality. It helps nourish the blood and "generate flesh," making it useful for skin ulcers that won't heal and postsurgical recovery. In China, it is routinely given to women who have undergone surgery to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus. This operation frequently leaves the uterine wall in a thin, weakened state, making future pregnancies a risk. Astragalus is used to help surgical patients grow new muscle tissue in the uterus before scarring sets in.

The blood-building aspect of this herb can be seen in its use after chemotherapy, a procedure that causes severe disruptions in white blood cell count. Combined in a decoction with Ligustrum seeds (nu zhen zi), this remedy has been found to normalize the blood count.

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Manufacturer: Changchun Dosage: 1 to 2 vials per day

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