Astragalus root information
Chinese herbal medicine practitioners most commonly use Astragalus (Astragalus
membranaceus) as a general tonic and specifically for boosting the immune
Astragalus can be used for:
General immune boosting
Treating colds and flu
Kidney & bladder infections
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Side effects and contraindications
Astragalus is considered safe for most adults. Its possible side
effects are not well known because astragalus is generally used in
combination with other herbs. It may interact with medications that suppress the immune
system, such as the drugs taken by
some cancer patients and similar drugs taken by organ transplant recipients.
It is generally advised that pregnant women should always check with their herbal practitioner before taking herbal remedies.
Astragalus contains numerous components, including asparagine, calycosin, choline, betaine, flavonoids,
polysaccharides, triterpene glycosides (e.g., astragalosides I-VII),
amino acids, and trace minerals.
What Chinese Medicine says about Astragalus
Chinese Medicine defines Astragalus as a 'Qi Tonic' that tonifies the Wei Qi, the part of the Yang that circulates just below the skin surface
It also tonifies Spleen Qi strengthening digestion improving metabolism, increasing appetite and treating diarrhea.
In traditional Chinese medicine and Western clinical herbal medicine,
astragalus is usually used in combination with other herbal remedies and is
very seldom used as a single herbal treatment.
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