Nature’s Answer Astragalus Root derives from ASTRAGALUS ROOT (Astragalus membranaceus) commonly called Astragalus, Chinese Milkvetch, Yellow Vetch Astragalus Huang Qi, Huang Qui, Huang-qi, Chinese Astragalus, Membranous Milk Vetch and Milk Vetch Root. The plant that the root comes from is about 16 to 36 inches tall and is native to China, Mongolia, and Korea. The root is usually harvested from plants that are 4-years old. While there are more than 2,000 species of Astragalus, there are only two related species A. membranaceus and A. mongholicus that are primarily used for health purposes.
The use of Astragalus Root dates back over 2000 years in China where it has been used because of its ability to balance the body systems. The root is a yellow color and contributes to the Chinese name, huang qi, meaning “yellow leader.” It has been used in China to strengthen qi (pronounced “chee”), the body’s life force, and protective energy. Astragalus Root has been the most commonly used herb in Chinese wellness.