– Astragalus comes from the root of a perennial plant plant in the pea family that grows in the northern and eastern parts of China as well as in Mongolia and Korea.
– The root is usually harvested from four-year-old plants.
– Also called milkvetch root and Huang-qi, grows from 16 to 36 inches tall and is.
Astragalus membranaceus (chin. : 黃芪)
– Astragalus is the source of a popular medicine available in any drugstore in China for use against colds, flus and other respiratory infections.
– Its use in the treatment of hepatitis in modern Chinese medicine supported by the demonstration of hepatoprotective activity in animal studies.
– often used in combination with other botanicals and is very seldom used as a single agent.
– Astragalus is called an adaptogen, meaning it helps protect the body from physical, mental, or emotional stress.
– Studies indicate astragalus can boost stamina, increase metabolism and energy.
– Many studies show that thanks to its saponins and polysaccharides, astragalus can reduce inflammatory response in connection to a number of illnesses and conditions
– elements found in astragalus fight free radical damage and prevent of oxidative stress.
– The flavonoids present in astragalus are antioxidants that help prevent plaque buildup in arteries and narrowing of vessel walls by protecting the inner wall of the vessel.
– Other studies have shown its ability to reduce blood pressure and level of triglycerides. Thus, decreasing risk of cardiovascular diseases.
– The herb’s collection of saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides all are effective in treating and regulating type 1 and 2 diabetes. And other diabetic related diseases
– Astragalus has been used to treat chronic asthma and determined to be a successful supplemental therapy and asthma natural remedy.
– Astragalus has a long history of treating wounds. The dried root of astragalus, has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the repair and regeneration of injured organs and tissues.
– In terms of reputation, boosting the immune system is astragalus’ claim to fame. It’s been used in this capacity for thousands of years.
– A study out of Beijing displayed its ability to control t-helper cells 1 and 2, essentially regulating the body’s immune responses.
– Because of astragalus’ antiviral capabilities, it has long been used to treat common colds and the flu. It’s commonly combined with other herbs like ginseng, angelica and licorice.
– Many recent screenings have shown the success of astragalus saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides in decreasing or eliminating tumors.
– Early research suggests astragalus has been given intravenously and in combination with other Chinese herbal mixtures reduce severe chemotherapy symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bone marrow suppression and increase the efficiency of the chemotherapy treatments.
– Other uses of astragalus; insomnia, diabetes, genital herpes and AIDS.