Astragalus Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Astragalus membranaceus

Also Known As

Huang Qi, Milk Vetch Root, Astragalus membranaceous, Bei Qi and Hwanggi

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Astragalus is most well known as an immune booster and fighter of the common cold.

It can fight viral and bacterial infections and strengthen and tonify the whole body system. It is a master healer with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties.

Adaptogen: Helps the body adapt to stress.
Antioxidant: Protects cells against damage caused by free radicals (which are believed to contribute to premature aging )
Tonic: Strengthens and invigorates giving a feeling of well-being & improves overall health
Immune Boosting: Aids in strengthening the immune system and speeding recovery from viruses & bacterial infections. Known to treat longer term auto-immune diseases. Used in recovery from Chemotherapy & radiotherapy treatment.
Anti-bacterial : Can treat chronic bacterial infections, including respiratory infections, used to prevent and treat the common cold. Known for treating longer term persistent infections.
Healthy Heart: known for its role in promoting a healthy heart and preventing heart disease. Can help improve the overall function of the heart and cardiovascular system.
High concentration of active compounds such as flavonoids, polysaccharides and saponins.

It is also known to act as a diuretic , raise metabolism, build stamina, heal wounds and injuries, increase endurance, promote healing and tissue regeneration, raise vitality and tonify the Liver. Studies are being conducted into Astragalus’s affectivity in treating Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer, & HIV.

Immune Boosting
Astragalus is an immunostimulant (an agent that stimulates the immune system) and 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. Astragalus is a preventative agent, and can strengthen the immune system when taken over a longer period of time.

Anti-Bacterial
Astragalus is indicated as excellent for using in the case of viral and bacterial infections responsible for causing colds, flu, bronchitis and sinus infections. It is particularly effective at handling longer term persistent infections that are stubborn. This plant root is also known for treating chronic bacterial infections, especially if the symptoms include weakness and fever. It’s anti-bacterial and immune boosting properties have been known to treat chronic phlegm & respiratory infection, candida, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic autoimmune diseases, immune systems of people undergoing cancer chemotherapy or radiation, chronic hepatitis, and multiple allergies.

Prevention of Heart Disease
Astragalus is a cardiotonic (tones, strengthens and invigorates the heart giving a feeling of well-being), so it is known for its role in promoting a healthy heart and preventing heart disease. It can help improve the overall function of the heart and cardiovascular system. It is hypotensive in action so it relaxes the blood vessels and brings down the blood pressure. Astragalus has a traditional use in treating hypertension, arrhythmia and other cardiovascular conditions; it can be effective in the relief of symptoms and improve heart function in severe forms of heart disease.

Typical Use

Astragalus Tincture: 3 - 5 ml, three times a dayPowdered Astragalus root: 1/2g - 1g, three or four times per day.

Folklore and History

Other names Astragalus is known by: Huang Qi, Milk Vetch Root, Astragalus membranaceous, Bei Qi and Hwanggi.

Astragalus
Constituents

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.