Astragalus membranaceus (Huang Qi)
Atmospheric energy: warm
Meridians: Lung and Spleen
Tonic actions: Immune and Qi tonic.
Astragalus slices are primarily used in Chinese medicine to tonify the immune system. In TCM, it is also used for spleen Qi deficiency with symptoms of weak, low metabolism; edema; and prolapse of internal organs, as it raises the spleen Yang and Qi. Astragalus should not be taken when fever is present.