The root of Astragalus is well-known in Oriental medicine as an immune-supporting herb, working by increasing the Wei Qi, or defensive energy that runs along the surface of the skin, protecting us from “external pernicious influences”.
In ancient Taoist tonic herbalism, Astragalus Seed is used for people who “leak energy”, that is, for anyone whose core vitality is uncontained. As the root protects us in a circle free from the world’s assaults, the seed holds our energy within, and keeps it from being drawn off by needy people, stressful situations, and general dissipation.
Astragalus seed is also useful for Tai Qi, Qi Gong, and other arts where one’s subtle energy needs to be focused and manipulated, and also in conjunction with tonic herbs like Ginseng, to keep their enlivening effects within the body. Try Astragalus Seed with Wild Red Asparagus root for an intense effect of the core energy rushing upwards, useful for skrying or dreamwork.