Astragalus tea (黄芪茶, Huáng Qí Chá) is made from the roots of Astragalus propinquus. Astragalus propinquus called Huang Qi in Chinese is a traditional Chinese medicine with a history of more than 2,000 years.
It is a perennial herb, mainly distributed in China and Russia. In China, it is mainly distributed in the north and is a national three-level protected plant.
Astragalus propinquus is best harvested after 2-3 years of growth. Excessive growth will affect its quality. The harvest time of it is in autumn. Dig out its roots, dry them, and then they can be used as medicine.
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How to Make Astragalus Tea
Cut the dried astragalus root into small pieces and steep them in boiling water for about 15-20 minutes.
If possible, we can also boil astragalus in water for 5-10 minutes, so that the medicinal substances can be better dissolved out.
Astragalus tea can also be used to cook rice, porridge, and soup. Some meat dished can also be added with astragalus to increase the tonic effect.
Benefits of Astragalus Tea
Astragalus has a long medicinal history. The ancient Chinese medical book <Shennong Ben Cao Jing> recorded astragalus as the first-class medicinal material.
Modern research shows that astragalus contains saponins, polysaccharides, various amino acids, folic acid, and trace elements such as selenium, zinc, copper, etc.
Benefits of astragalus tea:
- Tonify Qi
- Reduce fatigue
- Balance blood sugar
- Lower blood pressure
- Boost immune system
- Improve cardiovascular system
Qi is a very important concept in traditional Chinese medicine. It is the most basic substance that constitutes the human body and affects human life activities. We can simply understand that Qi is the energy of the human body.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the lack of Qi in the human body is called Qi deficiency, which will lead to weakness, paleness, shortness of breath, limb weakness, dizziness, and so on, and indirectly cause other organ diseases.
Astragalus tea can regulate Qi in the human body, thereby promoting blood circulation and enhancing human vitality. It is especially suitable for weak people.
Lower Blood Pressure
Scientific research has found that astragalus can effectively lower blood pressure after entering the human body, especially lower the formation of blood clots, and has the effect of balancing blood sugar.
Boost Immune System
The polysaccharides contained in astragalus can effectively help the body’s immune cells to proliferate. In addition, it can also promote the secretion and production of various immune cytokines. It has a good effect of helping the body to boost the immune system.
Improve Cardiovascular System
Astragalus tea can help the body eliminate free radicals, reduce the impact of free radicals on the cardiovascular system, and make the circulation of the cardiovascular system smoother.
Side Effects of Astragalus Tea
Astragalus tea has a strong nourishing effect. It is best not to drink it continuously for a long time, otherwise, it will cause internal heat.
Patients with cold and fever should not drink astragalus tea, which is not conducive to the improvement of the disease.
Pregnant women are not suitable to drink astragalus tea.
The dosage of astragalus should be controlled in a reasonable range. The acceptable dosage varies for everyone. Special groups are advised to drink under the guidance of a doctor.