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The bone of the ankle which articulates with the bones of the leg. Also known as talus.
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A life-prolonging adaptogenic, vasodilator, anti-viral, anti-cancer antibacterial immunity-stimulating herb that produces extra interferon in the body. Used with cancer therapies because it counteracts the immune suppressing effects of cancer drugs and radiation. Extremely useful remedy for physical weakness and drained energy conditions like chronic fatigue, candida, herpes, hypoglycemia and exhaustion. Works great when used together with Ginseng. Great for spleen and lungs, increases “life energy” and stamina. Good for reducing night sweats and fluid retention. Vasodilating properties help noticeably lower blood pressure, improve circulation, break up blood clots to prevent heart disease. Boosts burned out adrenals for energy, helps normalize nervous system, balance hormones. Very good for lungs, respiratory conditions and helping regenerate bronchi cells. Beneficial to gastrointestinal tract. The root is the medicinally used part, and isn’t ready to be used until the 4th or 5th year of plant growth. Hairy stems with leaves made up of 12 - 18 pairs of leaflets. Other species of astragalus can be poisonous, but Astragalus membranaceus has no detrimental components and is used worldwide medicinally. Very popular in China. Sliced roots available in most chinese herbal stores. Unripe fleshy seed pods resemble green plums and are edible.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a genus of plants of the Leguminosae family. The plants are annual or perennial grasses, subshrubs, and more rarely lowbushes and bushes with complex, aperipinnate leaves. The flowers are in axil racemes and in capitate, spicate, or almost umbulate clusters. There are about 2,000 species, which grow primarily in the dry regions of the northern hemisphere. There are over 900 species in the USSR, chiefly in Middle Asia and the Caucasus. The stems of spiny bushes and lowbushes of the subgenus tragacanth plant contain gum which is used in the textile and paper industries, as well as in others. Many species are good fodder plants, and some are now cultivated. Infusions of the woolly-pod species of astragalus are used in medicine for heart and circulatory disorders and nephritis.


Derev’ia i kustarniki SSSR, vol 4. Moscow-Leningrad, 1958.
Atlas lekarstvennykh rastenii SSSR. Moscow, 1962.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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This herbal medicine is usually combined with other herbs in the clinic, such as Huang qi [34].
Dang gui and Huang qi are often prescribed together, the two herbs compose a formula, Dangguibuxue decoction, which is the most frequently used TCM formula with a function of tonifying qi and enriching blood [35, 36].
Drugs chosen for intervention were Astragalus polysaccharide (APS), the most intensively observed and effective monomer from Huang qi (Radix Astragali seu Hedysari), and Rhein, an anthraquinone from Da huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei), which has been patented for CRF treatment.
The combination of Huang qi (Radix Astragali seu Hedysari) and Da huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei) is common for treating CRF in Chinese traditional medicinal formulas, such as the Qize Decoction [5], Shenqi Jiedu Decoction [2], and Uremic Clearance Granule.
Huang Qi's flavor is sweet and it is slightly warm.
If there is also qi vacuity, he also adds Huang Qi. If there is also yang vacuity, he adds Rou Cong Rong (Herba cistanchis).
If there is fatigue and low extremity pain and flaccidity and if the eyelids are edematous, remove the Niu Xi, add Yin Yang Huo (Herba Epimedii), 12g, Hong Shen (Radix Rubra Ginseng), 1.5g, Huang Qi (Radix Astragali), 12g, and increase Dang Shen to 15g, Fu Ling Pi 15g, and calcined Mu Li to 60g.
If there was qi and blood dual vacuity, Huang Qi was increased up to 60 grams, and 15 grams of Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii) and 30 grams of Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae) were added.
If there was yin vacuity and fire effulgence, Bai Zhu, Huang Qi, and Fu Ling were removed, and 15 grams each of Nu Zhen Zi (Fructus Ligustri Lucidi), Bie jia (Carapax Trionycis), Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan), and Sheng Di Huang (uncooked Radix Rehmanniae) were added.