Astragalus Propinquus As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Introduction & Factsheet: Astragalus propinquus (syn. Astragalus membranaceus, commonly known as Mongolian milkvetch in English and as huangqi 黄芪 in Chinese), is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. Its root, stems, and leaves can be used as medicinal materials, the roots of astragalus propinquus is one of the 50 basic herbs that are used in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM). Astragalus propinquus is widely used in enhancing immune system and protecting the liver, it can also used as a diuretic.

Odour & Nature: Sweet, warm in nature, non-toxic,

Channels: Astragalus propinquus works by influencing the lung, spleen, liver and kidney.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of astragalus propinquus can be used in treating difficulty passing urine (half for children under 12 years old) as well as ulceration of the lungs.

A mixture of astragalus propinquus and lily magnolia are to be pounded into powder for oral taking to treat alcoholic jaundice.

Pounded poria cocos and fried astragalus propinquus can be used in treatment for gonorrhea.

A mixture of cooked astragalus propinquus, raw astragalus propinquus, cooked liquorice and raw liquorice are to be pounded for internal taking to cope with increased thirst caused by ulcers.

A mixture of astragalus propinquus, dried tangerine or orange peel, hempseed and raw white honey can be used in treating constipation among the elderly.

Powdered astragalus propinquus, ginseng, carrot and honey can be a medical treatment used to restore health from bloody stranguria.

Powdered purple duckweed and astragalus propinquus can be taken with honey ginger water to cope with hemoptysis (coughing up blood).

Proposer dosage of astragalus propinquus and licorice root powder can be used as a therapy for a cough producing infected (yellow or green) sputum.

Ointment made from astragalus propinquus, bamboo shavings, vinegar and lard oil can be applied to heal paronychia (a soft tissue infection around a fingernail).

A mixture of astragalus propinquus, ligusticum wallichii, sticky rice and water can be cooked and taken to treat abnormal fetal movement.

Porphyrized astragalus propinquus is to be fried and taken with cooked pork heart to remedy perineal sweating and itching.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.

The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.

Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.

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