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Wild liquorice (Astragalus glycyphyllos)

Slightly toxic


immune-strengthening, bladder-strengthening, digestive

Areas of application:

Homeopathy: states of exhaustion, lack of drive, stress, to support viral infections

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

spring or autumn

To find:

On the edges of forests, along paths, in the light shade of hedges and bushes and on embankments.


Glycosides, all B vitamins, vitamin C, all minerals, caffeic acid derivatives, coumarins, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, asparagine


At that time, tragacanth was used as a bladder-strengthening tea. The use of roots only came to Central Europe with Chinese medicine. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the plant is known for general strengthening. What ginseng or ginger is for older people, tragacanth is for younger people. "Huang-Qi" = Wild liquorice strengthens life energy. The positive effect on the immune system is legendary and has already been supported by several Western studies.

There are long-term projects where the effect on cancer and especially AIDS is examined. Wild liquorice has a lung-strengthening effect and supports the immune system against infections. It is particularly useful for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy or who suffer from long-term viral infections.

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