Astragalus (huang qi)

Nature: Slightly warm; sweet and slightly sour; attributive to spleen and lungs.


Astragalus / Astragali Radix

(huang qi) 黃耆


Nature: Slightly warm; sweet and slightly sour; attributive to spleen and lungs.


Characteristics: A superior tonic with a tough, fibrous, yellowish brown skin. It enhances immunity by stimulating the production and circulation and by protecting the body from invasion of the six evils or the six excesses. The American Cancer Society's study on this herb has reported 90% of restoration of normal immune response in cancer patients.


Therapeutic effects: Strengthen body for general weakness; invigorate vital energy and spleen; relieve skin infection and promote tissue regeneration; diuretic; impede perspiration for profuse sweating; lower blood pressure and blood sugar; improve circulation in flesh and skin.




Telomeres & Longevity

Extracted from Vitality Magazine October 2012 - by David Lloyd

All of the major factors associated with the aging of our cells can be linked to the shortening of telomeres. In dealing with telomere shortening we have two options, prevention or reversal.

After screening over 250,000 different compounds in an attempt to find a way to boost telomerase production, scientists discovered a chemical in a Chinese herbs that seems to fit the bill. Named TA65, this plant compound has preliminary research that is very promising. This herb is Astragalus membranaceus or Huang Qi.

It is an age old herb that the ancient Chinese used to put a spring in their step and boost resistance to illness.  This is a herb that every year something new comes out about the power of this plant. With its sweet taste and relatively mild overall flavor, it blends easily into soups and teas and it could go a long way to boost your lifespan and resistance to disease.