EN on Herbs

December 1998 Issue

Chinese Herb May Boost Immunity...and More?

Can a single herb treat something as benign as a common cold and as serious as cancer? Herbalists and a growing number of Western scientists believe the Chinese herb astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) may do just that. The roots of this legume, native to China and Mongolia, have been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a tonic to strengthen qi (pronounced "chi"), the so-called "life force" of the body.

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