As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, Astragalus, or Huang Qi, is one of my most used herbs. In China, Astragalus has been used for thousands of years to boost immunity, and it is particularly helpful to prevent and treat colds, upper respiratory infections and the flu.
Astragalus is a warm herb. If you are sick with a cold or flu, and are feeling cold and chilled, Astragalus will not only fight the bacteria and virus, but it’s warming action will “warm your center”.
If you have been sick for a while with a chronic infection and your immune system is deficient, Astragalus can work to overcome or make the virus dormant.
Astragalus can also be used to treat inflammation but if you have symptoms of heat, such as a rash or high blood pressure, please don’t use Astragalus without seeking professional guidance.
As a tincture: 5-10 drops in boiled water (it removes the alcohol content) 3 times a day, during the acute phase. Decrease to twice daily for an additional three days, as you recover.
As a capsule: 2 capsules 3 times a day during the acute phase. Decrease to twice daily for an additional three days, as you recover.
You can also put the herb into chicken soup!