Astragalus is a traditional Chines herbal medicine taken from a plant known as Astragalus membranaceus, which is a type of bean. While the Beans and flowers are beautiful, its in the Root of the plant that the real medicinal properties lay.
One of the key uses for astragalus is to improve immune function. One of the ways astragalus is thought to work is by increasing the production of immune cells. It may also have antiviral activity and help with the prevention of colds. Astragalus is also used for various heart conditions, it may have a diuretic effect which would lower blood pressure and it may cause blood vessels to relax.
Astragalus is also used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating diabetes and has been asserted to be a tonic that can improve the functioning of the lungs, adrenal glands and the gastrointestinal tract, kill cancer cells, reduce the toxic effects of chemotherapy, increase metabolism and sweating, promote healing, and reduce fatigue. Proponents also claim astragalus can stimulate the spleen, liver, lungs, circulatory, and urinary system, and help treat arthritis, asthma, and nervous conditions.
How we Use it
Taking 4 or 5 lengths of the Astragalus root, we boil down and macerate for around 15mins make a strong Astragalus tea. we then add equal parts of sugar to create a syrup. this is then used as a simple sweetener in Keefer cocktails such as ‘Tigers Tail’. Like the Yun Zhi syrup, Astragalus only imparts a small amount of woodiness to any drink its used in.
4 pieces of pineapple (muddled) 2 oz Shochu
½ oz Campari
½ oz Astragalus Syrup
Shaken and double strained, served neat in a tumbler, garnished with 3 pieces of pineapple crusted with crushed candied rose petals.