ASTRAGALUS (membranaceus astragalus) Root




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ASTRAGALUS (membranaceus astragalus) Root

About this Herb

Astragalus is taken by mouth for the common cold, upper respiratory infections, seasonal allergies, swine flu, fibromyalgia, anemia, HIV/AIDS, and to strengthen and regulate the immune system. It is also used for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Astragalus is also taken by mouth for angina, asthma, irregular menstruation (amenorrhea), menopausal symptoms, and beta-thalassemia, and to improve athletic performance and weight loss.
Some people use astragalus as a general tonic, to protect the liver, and to fight bacteria and viruses. It is also used for hepatitis B, and to prevent and reduce side effects associated with cancer treatment.
Astragalus is commonly used in combination with other herbs. For example, in combination with Ligustrum lucidum (glossy privet), astragalus is used orally for treating breast cancer, cervical cancer, and lung cancer.
Astragalus is sometimes applied to the skin to increase blood flow to the area and to speed wound healing.
Astragalus is injected in to the vein for chest pain, side effects of cancer treatment, heart failure, hearing loss, diabetes, heart attacks, heart infections, kidney failure, lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus), and a specific heart defect (tetralogy of Fallot).
There are several different species of astragalus. Some species contain a toxin called swainsonine and have been linked to livestock poisonings. Some of these species include Astragalus lentiginosus, Astragalus mollissimus, and others. However, these species of astragalus are usually not found in dietary supplements used by humans. Most astragalus supplements contain Astragalus membranaceus.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Astragalus is used to “invigorate vital energy” (qi), and to strengthen bodily resistance to disease. It is commonly prescribed for the treatment of colds, flu, stomach ulcers and diabetes and is widely used in modern herbal practice in China.

Classed as a “superior herb” in the 2,000 year old classic Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, Astragalus has been extensively studied by modern science – particularly for its properties as a powerful immunostimulant.

Immune Boosting

Astragalus has a long and enduring history as a potent immune boosting herb and disease fighter.  It is an immunostimulant (an agent that stimulates the immune system) that it is known to increase the count of white blood cells and stimulate the production of antibodies, this builds up bodily resistance to viruses and bacteria.

There have been many clinical studies showing how Astragalus not only boosts the immune system, but also encourages an increase in immune cell (T-cells, natural killer cells, macrophages, immunoglobulin) activity, production, and function.

Astragalus appears to help trigger immune cells from a resting state into heightened activity. The number of macrophages (cells of the immune system that ingest foreign antigens to protect against infection) has been shown to increase after administering Astragalus. The natural killer cells of the immune system also have a markedly enhanced ability to fight intruders (five to six times higher than normal).


Astragalus has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine for longevity, to invigorate qi (vital energy) and to strengthen the body. New and exciting research is currently being conducted that shows that Astragalus does, indeed, have powerful anti-aging properties, slowing the aging process at a cellular level.

Astragaloside IV – a saponin of this powerful herb – has shown benefits in reversing cell damage and in activating telomerase, this addresses telomere shortening and slows down cellular aging. Telomeres are the protective ends of chromosomes that slowly shorten and wear out each time cell division occurs in the body – a process central to human aging. The theory is that telomeres act as a kind of countdown clock, so when they wear out, cell division stops and tissues quickly degrade and die. Telomerase enzymes work to renew telomeres, although they are not produced as the body ages over time.

Another saponin of Astragalus that is being extensively studied for its anti-aging effects is Cycloastragenol (CGA), thought to have even more activating potential on telomerase. Research suggests that CGA may have a wide use in the treatment of degenerative diseases as well as for aging.

Astragalus root is most effective when taken long term, providing many benefits that can contribute to a longer, healthier life.


Astragalus root is considered an adaptogen – it helps to build and restore overall health to the body.  It is especially used for cases of adrenal fatigue, in particular when symptoms manifest as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia.

Heart Health

Research shows that the plant flavonoids present in Astragalus have cardioprotective effects, helping to prevent plaque build up in the arteries and narrowing of the blood vessel walls by protecting the inner wall of the vessel. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and lower triglycerides. One particular study published in the “Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine” found that one particular flavonoid “Astragaloside IV” exerted protective effects on the cardiovascular system.

Sexual Health

Traditionally prescribed in Chinese Medicine for male infertility, Astragalus has now been scientifically proven to increase sperm motility in a study conducted by the Institutes of Traditional Medicine and Clinical Medicine. It is extremely supportive of male hormones, by balancing glucose levels it can optimise testosterone and growth hormone levels.

How to use:
Brew 3 astragalus slices  as you would any tea, or simmer 1 tablespoon of dried, shredded astragalus root with 2 cups of water, covered, for 20 minutes. Strain cool and drink.
The main constituents of the root are saponins, polysaccharides, isoflavonoids, free amino acids, and trace minerals. Other constituents include coumarin, folic acid, nicotinic acid, choline, betaine, phenolic acids (ferulic, isoferulic, caffeic and chlorogenic acids, etc.), sitosterol, sucrose, and linoleic and linolenic acids.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Astragalus.

People with autoimmune diseases should consult their healthcare professional before using Astragalus because of its ability to stimulate the immune system.

Astragalus can interact with certain medications – please consult your healthcare professional before taking this herb if you are taking medication.


1/2  Ib

ASTRAGALUS (membranaceus astragalus) Slices & Root C/s

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