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Astragalus propinquus (syn. Astragalus membranaceus) also known as huang qi (simplified: 黄芪; traditional: 黃芪), is an herb of the family Fabaceae.
Additional recommended knowledge
A. propinquus is used in traditional Chinese medicine, among other things, to speed healing and treat diabetes. 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.
Recent studies show that it may strengthen the human immune system. The natural gum tragacanth, which is used in pharmaceuticals and textiles, is obtained from Astragalus tragacanthus. It has been termed as a renal adaptagen.
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.
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