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Astragalus propinquus

Astragalus propinquus

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Genus: Astragalus
Species: A. propinquus
Binomial name
Astragalus propinquus
  • "Astragalus membranaceus (Fisch.) Bunge
  • Astragalus membranaceus (Fisch.) Bunge var. mongholicus (Bunge)P.K.Hsiao
  • Astragalus propinquus Schischkin var. glabra Vydr.
  • Phaca membranacea Fisch."[1]

Astragalus propinquus (syn. Astragalus membranaceus) also known as huang qi (simplified: 黄芪; traditional: 黃芪), is an herb of the family Fabaceae.

Possible uses

A. propinquus is used in traditional Chinese medicine, among other things, to speed healing and treat diabetes.[citation needed] In western herbal medicine, Astragalus is primarily considered a tonic for enhancing metabolism and digestion and is consumed as a tea made from the roots of the plant. It is also traditionally used to strengthen the immune system and in the healing of wounds and injuries.[2]

A. propinquus is a tonic that can improve the functioning of the lungs, adrenal glands and the gastrointestinal tract, increase metabolism, sweating, promote healing and reduce fatigue.[3]

Recent studies show that it may strengthen the human immune system.[4] The natural gum tragacanth, which is used in pharmaceuticals and textiles, is obtained from Astragalus tragacanthus.[5] It has been termed as a renal adaptagen.[citation needed]

The biotech company Geron Corporation has determined that a molecule from Astragalus propinquus root called TA-65 is a telomerase activator. According to PRNewswire, TA Sciences, has a license from Geron to sell TA-65 and is now selling it as a neutraceutical anti-aging product at their TA Sciences Center in New York City.[6]


  1. ^ a b Astragalus propinquus. ILDIS LegumeWeb. International Legume Database & Information Service (2005-11-1). Retrieved on 2008-01-03.
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  3. ^ Phyllis Balch, C.N.C. (2006). Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food. Avery Penguin Putnam. ISBN 9781583332368. 
  4. ^ Cho, WC; Leung KN. (2007 Aug 15). "In vitro and in vivo immunomodulating and immunorestorative effects of Astragalus membranaceus.". J Ethnopharmacol. 13 (1): 132-41. PMID 17611061. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  5. ^ Gentry, H.S.; M.Mittleman, and P.R. McCrohan. "The natural gum tragacanth, which is used in pharmaceuticals and textiles, is obtained from Astragalus tragacanthus", Purdue University Crop Index, Purdue University, 1990, pp. 1. Retrieved on 2008-01-03. 
  6. ^ "New Product Scientifically Battles Aging at the Cellular Level", PR Newswire News and Information, PR Newswire Association LLC., 2003-04-09, pp. 1. Retrieved on 2008-01-03. 
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