Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus) is very popular in Chinese medicine. In China it is called Huang Qi and is from a perennial plant that grows in China and Mongolia. It is used to treat many ailments.
The root extract is a very good herb that is often used to treat breathing problems, colds and flu. It is very good for the immune system.
In traditional Chinese medicine the root is used as an energy tonic, to improve immune function, prevent colds & treat diarrhea. In Western medicine it is used to improve digestion and enhance metabolism. It is also used to strengthen immune system and to heal wound, acts as a stimulant, tonic, and diuretic. It is used to increase energy levels and build up resistance to weakness and disease.
The extract has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties to protect cells against free radicals. In Traditional Chinese medicine it’s used to tone the immune system & improve circulation, alleviates stress and stress symptoms. It protects the body against physical and emotional stress.
There has been research conducted with astragalus and its effects on cancer & diabetes
It is generally safe and has little side effects. It is generally combined with other herbs to promote its effects. It is available in a variety of forms, including the dried root, tinctures, tablets and capsules, which can be found in health food stores and pharmacies.