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Astragalus General Information
Native to Northern China and Mongolia, bears small yellow flowers, has a thick root with a yellowish, fibrous, tough skin that has a slightly liquorice taste. Astragalus use dates back as far as 200 BC, and even then, was renowned for its ability to balance the body’s systems, especially the lungs and spleen. The Chinese name, huang qi means “yellow leader” and was so named for the yellow color of the root. For thousands of years the Chinese have used it to strengthen qi (life force or energy), or its American term, immune system. Shen Nong, the founder of Chinese herbal medicine, classified Astragalus as a superior herb in his classical composition Shen Nong Pen Tsao Ching (circa 100 AD). The portion of the plant used medicinally is the four to seven-year-old dried root collected in the spring. European botanists first wrote about its medicinal qualities in the 1700s.

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Astragalus Uses & Scientific Evidence For
In European and Arabic folk medicine, this herb was used in treating tumors of the eyes, liver, and throat. Many Native American Indians chewed the roots for chest and back pains, and to soothe coughs. Indian women chewed the root to help stimulate milk production. Astragalus root was also applied to cuts and wounds to help promote healing. The bark has laxative properties, and the root has laxative, adaptogens, antiviral, antioxidant, cardiovascular, tonic, and diuretic properties. While there are over 2,000 types of Astragalus worldwide, the Chinese version has been extensively tested, both chemically and pharmacologically. Polysaccharides in Astragalus stimulate white blood cell production and increase the production of interferon, a natural protein that can help ward off and prevent viral infections. Scientific studies of this herb have shown it to be effective on cancer and HIV patients by restoring compromised immune cells. Chinese scientists have found that Astragalus protects the body from absorption of toxic chemicals into the liver. Other research shows that people using this herb had less angina than those given heart drugs such as nifedipine. Chinese people consider Astragalus to be a better energy tonic for young people than ginseng. This herb is also used to help ward off or treat colds, improve heart function, memory, and learning, and promote the healing of wounded skin. Astragalus works well in treating anorexia, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, malaria, kidney inflammations, painful urination, prolapsed uterus, uterine bleeding, edema, water retention, constipation, fever, and generalized weakness.

In test tubes, Astragalus has been found to promote the formation of antibodies and increase the production of T-cells, on of the body’s key lines of defense against disease. A recent clinical trial verified the herb’s ability to boost the supply of infection-fighting white blood cells. Astragalus also has a proven ability to boost heart function and improve cardiac output. It helps relieve chest distress and breathlessness due to a weakened heart.

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Astragalus Dosage Information
Although many people take Astragalus at the onset of cold or flu symptoms, the Chinese believe taking huang qi at that time will cause the infection to go deeper. They instead use it while healthy as a defense shield against future illnesses. The recommended daily dosage of Astragalus is 9 to 30 g of dried root boiled to make tea. There are Capsules, Tablets, Fluid Extract, Dried Root and prepared tea to be taken for this herb. For best results, consult with you physician for the treatment or your condition.

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Astragalus Safety & Interaction Information
No known medical conditions preclude the use of Astragalus. However, Astragalus is not advisable in acute infections. Do not use Astragalus without talking to your Doctor/Health Care Provider if you are taking any of the following medications:

Acyclovir
Interferon
Cyclophosphamide


Astragalus may increase the effects of these medications. Since Astragalus stimulates the immune system people should use it with caution, especially those with an autoimmune disease such as Lupus or Graves disease.

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