Astragalus or American ginseng, which one has the best qi effect? Chinese medicine experts tell the truth

Astragalus and American ginseng are common Chinese medicines for invigorating Qi. Because it is very common in daily life and various health products, some people want to compare the qi effects of these two drugs. Which one is better? The analysis here is as follows. What is the meaning of Qi in Chinese medicine? What exactly does qi replenish? In other words, what does Qi mean in Chinese medicine? Qi and blood theory is an important part of Chinese medicine theory. “Qi” in Chinese medicine has multiple meanings, and it is all-encompassing from a broad perspective, so there are righteous qi, evil qi, essence, blood qi, spirit qi, valley qi, medicinal qi, etc., which have a certain philosophical abstraction. In fact, Chinese medicine classifies the subtle substances of the human body in detail, which are divided into: Qi, blood, essence, body fluid, etc. Among them, “Qi” is one of the most basic substances that constitute the human body and maintain human life activities. Its source is nothing more than natural clear qi, spleen and stomach metaplasia water and valley essence and kidney essence. Moreover, it points out that Qi can be divided into vitality, zongqi, yingqi, Weiqi, zangfu meridian qi according to the difference of its generation, distribution and function. Although these qi are different, their functions are generally nothing more than warming, propelling, defensive, solidifying, and mediating effects. That is to say, the so-called “qi” in Chinese medicine not only contains the concept of ancient philosophy, but also includes the understanding of human anatomy and physiological pathology in Chinese medicine. Up to now, no scholar has really been able to measure and compare “qi” with specific substances that make everyone convinced. So since we can’t explain what “qi” is, we can’t measure which of astragalus and American ginseng has a good effect on qi. The effects of astragalus and American ginseng are different. Although astragalus and American ginseng are mostly Qi-tonicing drugs, they still have different indications and effects. (1) Astragalus Astragalus is a warming and invigorating medicinal material. It has the effects of invigorating Qi and solidifying the surface, supporting toxins and excreting pus, diuresis, and generating muscle. It is often used for Qi deficiency, fatigue, chronic diarrhea, prolapse, spontaneous perspiration, edema, uterine prolapse, chronic nephritis and proteinuria. , Diabetes, sore does not heal for a long time, etc. Generally about 10g each time, overdose may cause fire. (2) American ginseng American ginseng, also called American ginseng, is a ginseng produced in the United States and Canada. Cool in nature, slightly bitter taste, with the effects of nourishing qi and nourishing yin, clearing heat and promoting fluid production. It is used for qi deficiency and yin deficiency, deficiency of heat and fatigue, lung deficiency and chronic cough, dry throat and thirst, internal heat, quenching thirst, dry mouth and throat, cough Phlegm and blood etc. The general dosage is 3-6g. Whether it is astragalus or American ginseng, it needs to be taken under the guidance of a doctor. Although it is a qi-tonifying medicine, astragalus focuses on replenishing qi and solidifying the surface and is used for qi deficiency and fatigue, while American ginseng focuses on tonifying qi and nourishing yin and is used for qi deficiency and yin deficiency. With different emphasis and different indications, it is naturally not easy to compare directly. Conclusion To sum up, the theory of Qi and blood in Chinese medicine is very complicated, and the effects of astragalus and American ginseng are different and cannot be directly compared. Whether it is Chinese medicine or Western medicine, you can’t just look at the efficacy but also whether it is suitable for your own physique and disease. So don’t buy it yourself, it’s best to choose the right medicine under the guidance of a professional doctor. References: [1] Zhang Shujin, Li Jiashen, Jia Yunfang, etal. Comparison of blood-producing ability of Astragalus, American ginseng and Codonopsis pilosula and discussion of mechanism[J].Journal of Hebei Traditional Chinese Medicine,2018,v.33;No.133(04):42 -45. (Part of the pictures in the text are from the network, and the copyright belongs to the original author. I would like to express my gratitude to the picture author. If you find any infringement of your copyright, please contact me and I will delete it.)