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Astragalus Root: A Fundamental Herb in TCM

 What is Astragalus? Astragalus, ever heard of it? Maybe you’ve heard of it by its other names Milkvetch or Huang Qi? The astragalus plant is part of the legume family, and its roots have been a fundamental herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 5000 years. The Astragalus has over 1000 species, but only two, astragalus membranaceus and astragalus mongholicus are used for medicinal purposes. The plant is native to northern and eastern regions of China, but have also been spotted in Mongolia. Its roots are the only part of the plant that are used for medicinal purposes, and are generally used from plants that are around four years old. In TCM, this herb has been used to boost...

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