Astragalus Membranaceus

Astragalus Membranaceus Benefits

Astragalus is a herbaceous perennial plant of the pea family and is most commonly used for immune enhancement. Most research on astragalus has focused on its immunostimulatory activity and its seemingly remarkable ability to restore the activity of a suppressed immune system. Clinical trials as well as pharmacological data provide evidence for its usefulness in the prevention of the common cold and as an adjunct to cancer therapies. It is may be useful as a complementary treatment during chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immune deficiency syndromes. Astragalus is used to strengthen the immune system over time, building resistance to illness and disease. Echinacea may be used in conjunction with astragalus to provide an extra short term boost in immunity.

There is also evidence for cardiovascular system improvement, particularly in clinical parameters associated with angina, congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarct. This may be due to the herb's antioxidant activity. Its use in the treatment of hepatitis in modern Chinese medicine is supported by the demonstration of hepatoprotective activity in animal studies.

Astragalus is often used in combination with other botanicals and is very seldom used as a single agent. Pharmacological research of astragalus in combination with ligustrum (Ligustrum lucidum) provides evidence for activity against cancers of the breast, cervix and lung.

A number of clinical studies have been reported regarding the use of astragalus for colds and upper respiratory infections.

Administration of astragalus, given either orally or as a nasal spray may decrease the incidence of illness and shorten the length of its course.

Studies indicate astragalus can increase metabolism and energy, boost stamina and promote healing. Other uses of astragalus; atherosclerosis, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, insomnia, diabetes, chronic hepatitis, genital herpes, AIDS and chemotherapy side effects. If you have a serious condition you should consult your doctor, but astragalus is considered safe and free of harmful effects.




Astragalus Membranaceus Herb Notes / Side Effects

Latin Name

Astragalus membranaceus

Other Names

Huang Qi, Beg Kei, Buck Qi, Huang Chi, Milk Vetch, Yellow Leader

Suggested Properties

Strengthens Immune System, antioxidant

Uses

Chronic fatigue, persistant infections, night sweats, multiple allergies, glandular fever

The herb helps to counteract tiredness and lack of appetite in patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer.

Soothing and healing for stomach ulcers

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Nancydaniells 's avatar  Nancydaniells 04/01/2011 18:33

yes it has given me back my energy after i was sick

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Maria 's avatar  Maria 15/01/2011 18:21

I use it in liquid form at the very first onset of a cold. It works like magic. I recommend it to everybody I know. A must have in those cold winter months.

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Nicolette 's avatar  Nicolette 09/08/2011 16:10

Yes, I had been looking for a plant to cure my excessive sweating in axillary area and this herb made it stop in one day, as well as boils. Both of this issues are very stressful especially in social situations and having completely fixed it and actually seeing it fixed, makes this a very good herb.

Dwalker357 's avatar  Dwalker357 22/03/2011 15:40

It helped me when I was starting to get pinkeye - I took like 4 capsules 3X a day for at least 3 days.

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