Effects Invigorating Qi to elevate Yang
consolidating superficies to stop sweating
Astragalus Root (huang qi)
Radix Astragali seu Hedysari
Properties: The herb is sweet in flavour, slightly warm in nature, and acts on the spleen and lung channels. Sweet and warm for invigorating Qi and elevating Yang, it is good for invigorating the spleen-qi and lung-qi and elevating the middle-jiao Yang. It is always an important herb used to treat deficiency of the lung, lingering cough, deficiency of the spleen and stomach, and sinking of Qi in the middle-jiao. Sufficient spleen-qi and lung-qi enable superficial Qi to protect the body from diseases. The herb is often used for deficiency of Qi and spontaneous perspiration. In addition, Sufficient Qi can help blood and water circulation, controlling and generating blood. Therefore, the herb can be used in proper compatibility with other herbs to treat blood stasis due to deficiency of Qi, hemorrhage due to cold of deficiency type, paleness due to deficiency of blood, edema due to deficiency of the spleen and other syndromes.
Effects: Invigorating Qi to elevate Yang, consolidating superficies to stop sweating, inducing diuresis to remove edema, and promoting healing of sore to regenerate tissue.
1. For spleen-qi and stomach-qi deficiency, anorexia, loose stool, or sinking of Qi in the middle-jiao, lingering diarrhed, prostoptsis and visceroptosis, the herb is often used in combination with dangshen, white atractylodes rhizome, liquorice, bupleurum root, cimicifuga rhizome and other herbs for strengthening the spleen, arresting diarrhes, invigorating Qi and elevating Yang, such as Buzhong Yiqi Decoction.
2. It is often used in combination with dangshen, schisandra fruit, tatarian aster root and other herbs for invigorating Qi , nourishing the lung and arresting cough, to treat deficiency of the lung-qi, perspiration and short breath on exertion; and with ledebouriella root, white atractylodes rhizome, light wheat and other herbs for invigorating Qi and consolidating superficies to stop sweating, to treat spontaneous perspiration due to exterior deficiency. Or vulnerability to wind-cold due to failure of superficial Qi to protect the body from disease.
3. For edema and difficulty in urination due to deficiency of Qi and Yang, it is often used in combination with prepared aconite root, white atractylodes rhizome, poria, umbellate pore fungus and other herbs for invigorating Qi, warming Yang and inducing diuresis to remove edema.
4. It is often used in combination with Chinese angelica root, pangolin scales, chuanxiong rhizome, Cinese honeylocust spine and other drugs for warming and invigorating Qi and blood, promoting the heal of sore and discharging pus, such as Tounong Powder, to treat chronic skin and external diseases, cold and deficiency of Qi and blood, and pyogenesis without ulceration; and with Chinese angelica root, cinnamon bark, dangshen, prepared rehmannia root and other drugs for warming and nourishing Qi and blood, regenerating tissue and astringing sore, to treat chronic ulceration without healing.
In addition, the herb can be used in combination with herbs for promoting blood circulation to remove blood stasis, to treat numbness of limbs and the body or hemi paralysis caused by blood stasis due to Qi deficiency.