Echinacea purpurea is one of nine species of Echinacea, all of which are native to North America. This prairie-dwelling plant is in the Asteraceae, or sunflower, family. We harvest the root, leaf, flower and seed here at Herb Pharm for use in our extracts. An incredibly popular plant, Echinacea is most often used to support the immune system* and can be found in at least a dozen Herb Pharm products. While the root is the part most commonly used in American herbalism, aerial portions have been the subject of numerous studies in Germany.
Astragalus (Astragalus mongholicus) is a member of the Fabaceae or pea family, which happens to be the third-largest plant family in the world. Native to China, Mongolia and North Korea, Astragalus has a long and rich history of use in Asian cultures. It’s known in China as Huang qi, which means “yellow leader.” This is most likely a reference to the high regard in which this plant is held, as well as the color of the inner root. Astragalus has been used in traditional Chinese herbalism for at least 2,000 years. It was listed in the superior class of herbs in classic texts and is still considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in this practice.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.