What Is Astragalus Membranaceus

Astragalus membranaceus, also known as huáng qí or milkvetch, has been used to support and enhance the immune system, treat the common cold, and as adjunctive therapy in cancer for centuries.

Standing up to 36 inches (91 cm) high, Astragalus membranaceus has stems with hairy protrusions and leaves in pairs along the stem. It is a perennial plant, which means it grows for many years. In herbal medicine, people usually only the root, specifically from plants that are four years of age.

This plant mainly grows in the northern and eastern parts of China, where Chenland’s Authentic Medicinal Cultivation Areas is located. Its [Astragalus membranaceus extract](https://www.chenland.com/products/), Jadeimmune™, is a specially formulated botanical blend with three traditional Chinese herbs: Astragalus membranaceus root, Atractylodes macrocephala rhizome, and Saposhnikovia divaricata root. The company selects herbs from the cultivated land from harvest to extract to offer customized contracted manufacturing services for herbal extracts and nutritional products in soft gel, capsules, and powders.


Astragalus membranaceus is safe for most adults when taken by mouth or given by IV under medical supervision. Doses of up to 30 grams per day for 3 months or 40 grams per day for 2 months have been safely taken by mouth. The plant may cause a rash, itchy skin, nasal symptoms, or stomach discomfort when taken by mouth, and may cause dizziness or irregular heartbeat when given by IV. However, these are uncommon events.

Purported Uses

To Prevent and Treat Heart Disease

Laboratory and animal studies suggest that Astragalus membranaceus and its compounds have heart-protective properties and blood-thinning effects.

To Reduce the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Some studies in animals show that Astragalus membranaceus can reverse immune suppression caused by cyclophosphamide and stimulate cells of the immune system. Additionally, it may also reduce the side effects of other types of chemotherapy, such as nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

To Treat Diabetes

Long-term population studies have suggested that Astragalus membranaceus is among several herbs used in Asia that may improve diabetes-related complications.

To Stimulate the Immune System

Laboratory studies suggest that Astragalus membranaceus contains some beneficial compounds that may enhance the immune system. Some evidence has shown that it may increase the body’s production of white blood cells, which are responsible for preventing illness. In animal research, Astragalus membranaceus helps kill bacteria and viruses in mice with infections.

To Increase Strength and Stamina

Herbal formulas containing Astragalus membranaceus have been proven that they help reduce fatigue in athletes by increasing uptake and use of oxygen. Some small studies also show that a purified astragalus extract infusion may help manage cancer-related fatigue.

To Treat Cancer

According to some test-tube studies, Astragalus membranaceus helps promote apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in various types of cancer cells.