Astragalus Benefits and Information
Traditional Chinese medicine has used astragalus for many conditions. Medical journals suggest the herb may stimulate the immune system and the body's ability to resist and combat various diseases.
While there are may thousands of varieties of astragalus the Chinese version of the herb has been the most extensively tested, both chemically and pharmacologically. Astragalus contains a variety of compounds, including flavonoids, polysaccharides, triterpene glycosides (e.g., astragalosides I-VII), amino acids, and trace minerals.
Research in China indicates that astragalus may offer antioxidant benefits in people with severe forms of heart disease. Other studies suggest that astragalus can benefit immune function and improve survival in some people with cancer. However, not all studies support these claims, and more are needed.
In the United States, astragalus has been the subject of much study in recent years. Studies at the University of Houston have shown that astragalus may help improve immunity function by increasing T-cell counts.
Because astragalus has many potential applications and few, if any, side effects, it holds promise as an alternative treatment option.
Astragalus has been used in connection with the following:
- Heart health
- Immune function
- Liver Protection
- Antioxidant Support
Astragalus has no known harmful side-effects.
Astragalus is an exciting and potentially promising herb. Further research may prove astragalus to be invaluable in the medical treatment of a variety of conditions and illnesses.Supporting LiteratureLeung AY, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics, 2d ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996, 50-53.Shu HY. Oriental Materia Medica: A Concise Guide. Palos Verdes, CA: Oriental Healing Arts Press, 1986, 520-523.Klepser T, Nisly N. Astragalus as an adjunctive therapy in immunocompromised patients. Alt Med Alert 1999;Nov:125-128.