Monday, December 25, 2017

Astragulus (Milk Vetch)


Alas, European traditional healing plants may be forgotten. It is important to know the Latin/Scientific name of a botanical. For example, who has not heard of Astragalus known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as Huang Qi? Historically in the Western Botanical tradition, the medicinal powers of astragalus have been used for centuries. In botanicals, astragalus common names are milk vetch, wild licorice, tragacanth, etc.

Milk Vetch [Astragalus]

Latin or Scientific Name:
Astragalus sp.
Parts Used:
Green leaf, green stalk, root, seeds (pulse). 
Adaptogen, alexipharmic, alterative, antianemic, antiasthmatic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anticatarrhal, anticholesterol, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antilithic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-radiation, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antitussive, antiviral, aperient, aperitive, aphrodisiac, astringent, cardiovascular, cephalic, cosmetic, dental, depurative, dermal, diuretic, energetic, gastrointestinal, gout, hepatic, immunostimulant, lymphatic, nutritive, oral, pulmonary, restorative, splenic, stimulant, stomachic, telomerase, tonic, vulnerary.
Hot and Dry in the first degree.