The health benefits of Astragalus tea have been in the consciousness of many Asian medicine experts for centuries. In fact, astragalus is known as a chief energy tonic in traditional Asian medicine.
The official name of astragalus is astragalus membranaceus, but is known as huang qi in Chinese, ogi in Japanese and hwanggi in Korean.
The root of the astragalus plant is used to make astragalus tea. Among its beneficial constituents are astragalosides and other immunostimulant polysaccharides, beta-sitosterol, flavonoids, and trace minerals like selenium.
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners recommend taking 6 to 12 grams of dried root of the astragalus and boiling it in about 12 ounces water for a few minutes.
Astragalus Tea may be taken internally or applied topically. When used topically, it is usually applied to wounds to accelerate healing.
Some of the health benefits attributed to astragalus tea are the following:
- May help improve the functions of the lungs, thereby help treat such ailments as bronchitis, pneumonia and whooping cough.
- May help in the overall efforts to treat ulcers and tumors in the stomach.
- May help reduce fatigue.
- May help promote healing of wounds.
- May help strengthen the immune system.
- May help remove fluid from the body.
- May have potential in treatment of heart problems.