COMMON NAME: ASTRAGALUS, Huang qi, yellow leader
LATIN NAME: Astragalus membranaceus, syn. A. propinquus
The powerful benefits of Astragalus, the immunity boosting herb! One of the key uses for astragalus, in alternative medicine, is to improve the immune system. One of the ways astragalus is said to work is by increasing the production of the immune cells. It is antiviral and can help with the prevention of colds and flu. It is protective of the liver, heart, and kidneys. This herb is known as the longevity tonic herb. As a general qi tonic, astragalus is valued as a restorative for reducing fatigue. It has been used to treat infections of the mucous membranes of the body especially the urinary and respiratory. It is also said to rejuvenate the digestive system and help regulate blood sugar. It helps with reducing the complications of poor circulation in diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also help to heal wounds.
Astragalus has been used to treat infections, diabetes, edema, ulcers, nephritis, and prolapse of digestive organs. The bitter extracts of astragalus are diuretic, antiseptic, and antispasmodic.
Here is a little more information on how to use and about Astragalus root..
PARTS USED: Roots
REGIONS: plant native to Asia
SYSTEMS AFFECTED: immune, respiratory, urinary
HARVESTING GUIDELINES: Astragalus prefers sandy, well drained alkaline soil, and full sun. Harvest roots in the fall of the fourth year.
PLANT CONSTITUENTS: stragalosides, immunostimulant, polysaccharides, beta-sitosterol, flavonoids, and trace minerals, selenium
ACTIONS: Adaptogens, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, AntiViral, Depurative, Digestive, Hypotensive, Immunostimulant, Nervine
CONTRADICTIONS: No known toxicity at any dosage. People who take warfarin should avoid astragalus because of the potential for bleeding. A high blood pressure medications known as beta-blockers may be less effective when taken with astragalus.
DOSAGES: The dried root in the form of tea, encapsulated or as an extract.
Tincture: 4-8 mL (1:5, 40%) 3x/day (Hoffmann, 2003). Decoction: 1 cup (2-4 tsp dried root per 8 fl oz boiling water) 3x/day (Hoffmann, 2003)
We use Astragalus in our Immunity Tincture