The use of herbs and herbal medicine in general is a VERY complicated art and science. Western approaches have attempted to simply this by using this “Herb X is good for Problem Y” approach and it has met with varying degrees of success and problems. The reason is not the herb; it is improper use of the herb, improper use of the part of the herb or incorrect species that is often at the root of the problem. As mentioned, herbal medicine is a complex art and science and must be studied at length.
Never more is this message clear as with the herb Astragalus. Used correctly, Astragalus is an exceptional herb that has a number of powerful medicinal qualities. For example:
- It strengthens the spleen and is a powerful Qi (or energy) tonic. Very helpful for those who have little appetite.
- It has an uplifting effect on the energy; as such, prolapse of the uterus or stomach would benefit from this herb.
- Strengthens the quality of the blood
- It is used for edema due to its diuretic qualities
- Perhaps best known for its strong positive effect on the immune system IF USED CORRECTLY.
- The developer of the formula does not know herbal medicine. Even a novice herbalist would be careful with Astragalus.
- If the developer of the formula is careless with this herb, what else are they careless about?