Astragalus is one of the fifty fundamental herbs used in TCM, and listed as an official drug in the modern Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China. Astragalus is administered primarily as a Qi tonic, though daily prescription is also common. It is taken as a tea during times of illness to speed recovery, as well as often administered to tonify the lungs and as support for frequent colds. The western range of medicinal uses for astragalus is astounding. Astragalus stimulates both LAK cells and T cells, two types of immune cells within the body that attack uncontrolled division of abnormal cells. It also helps prevent white blood cell depletion during chemotherapy. It is beneficial in the treatment of angina, atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, certain types of bladder infection, burns, the common cold, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infertility, Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Myasthenia gravis. It compensates for immune damage caused by many prescription medications, and is also useful in preventing side effects in certain medications. It is an overall tonic that strengthens digestion, increases metabolic activity and stimulates the immune system. It normalizes function of both the heart and kidneys. It helps treat prolapsed organs, especially the uterus and is beneficial for uterine bleeding. Astragalus is also reported to increase physical endurance.