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Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)


Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)

Common Names: Milk vetch, Huáng Qí

Family: Fabaceae

Parts Used: plants are 4-5 years old before the root is harvested.

Constituents: Triterpenoid saponins, glycosides, polysaccharides, saponins, flavonoids, 19 amino acids, trace mineral, fatty acids, sucrose

Medicinal Actions: Increases production of anti-bodies and interferon. Is a cardio-protective, adaptogen, antibacterial, anti-hidrotic, antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, cardio tonic, diuretic, immune-stimulant, pectoral tonic, immune tonic, overall body strengthener - particularly eliminative organs: kidneys, lungs, liver

Medicinal Use:

  1. Immune system support: Astragalus root is believed to support the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting infections.

  2. Anti-inflammatory properties: Astragalus root may have anti-inflammatory properties, which could help to reduce inflammation and swelling in the body.

  3. Anti-aging effects: Some research has suggested that astragalus root may have anti-aging effects due to its antioxidant properties, which can help to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

  4. Cardiovascular health: Astragalus root may help to improve cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and the risk of heart disease.

  5. Digestive health: Astragalus root may have a beneficial effect on digestive health by promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria and reducing inflammation in the digestive tract.

Historically, astragalus root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat a wide range of health conditions, including fatigue, stress, respiratory infections, and digestive disorders. It was also used as a tonic to improve overall health and well-being. 

Contraindications: Do not use for an acute infections.