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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 huáng qí (yellow leader) (simplified Chinese: traditional Chinese: ) or běi qí (traditional Chinese: ), huáng hua huáng qí (Chinese: 黄花黄耆),[2] is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine.[3] It is a perennial plant and it is not listed as being threatened.[1]





A. propinquus is used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is used to speed healing and treat diabetes.[4] In western herbal medicine, Astragalus is primarily considered a tonic for enhancing metabolism and digestion and is consumed as a tea or soup made from the (usually dried) roots of the plant, often in combination with other medicinal herbs. It is also traditionally used to strengthen the immune system and in the healing of wounds and injuries.[5]

A. propinquus has been asserted to be a tonic that can improve the functioning of the lungs, adrenal glands and the gastrointestinal tract, increase metabolism, sweating, promote healing and reduce fatigue.[6]

There is a report in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology that Astragalus membranaceus can show "immunomodulating and immunorestorative effects."[7] It has been shown to increase the production of interferon and to activate immune cells such as macrophages.[3]

Related species

The natural gum tragacanth, which is used in pharmaceuticals and textiles, is obtained from Astragalus tragacanthus.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Astragalus propinquus". ILDIS LegumeWeb. International Legume Database & Information Service. 2005-11-01. Retrieved 2008-01-03.  
  2. ^ "Huang qi, Complementary and Alternative Healing University". Retrieved 2008-02-19.  
  3. ^ a b "Astragalus membranaceus - Plants For A Future database report". Plants For A Future. June 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-21.  
  4. ^ "Astragalus". University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-21.  
  5. ^ Gaia Garden Herbals | Products : Astragalus
  6. ^ 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.  
  7. ^ Cho WC, Leung KN (August 2007). "In vitro and in vivo immunomodulating and immunorestorative effects of Astragalus membranaceus". J Ethnopharmacol 113 (1): 132–41. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2007.05.020. PMID 17611061.  
  8. ^ Gentry, H.S.; M.Mittleman, and P.R. McCrohan (1990). "The natural gum tragacanth, which is used in pharmaceuticals and textiles, is obtained from Astragalus tragacanthus". Purdue University Crop Index (Purdue University): pp. 1. Retrieved 2008-01-03.  

External links


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From Wikispecies


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

Main Page
Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales
Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Faboideae
Tribus: Galegeae
Genus: Astragalus
Species: Astragalus propinquus


Astragalus propinquus Schischk.


  • Krylov, Fl. Zap. Sib. 7:1657. 1933
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]


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