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Botanical Agents

Astralagus (Astralagus Membranaceous)

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Posted on Dec 30, 2005, 8 p.m. By Bill Freeman

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The astralagus or Huang Qi plant hails from China. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than two thousand years. The root of the plant is commonly used in herbal remedies as a base ingredient to help with various ailments. ROLE FOR ANTI-AGING: The astralagus root is used to promote wound healing and stimulate the immune system by boosting white blood cell production and coaxing them to work harder.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The astralagus or Huang Qi plant hails from China. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than two thousand years. The root of the plant is commonly used in herbal remedies as a base ingredient to help with various ailments.

ROLE FOR ANTI-AGING:

The astralagus root is used to promote wound healing and stimulate the immune system by boosting white blood cell production and coaxing them to work harder. Several studies conducted in China found that astralagus improved survival in some cancer patients, however the quality of these trials is doubtful, thus the value of these findings is limited. Studies suggest that oral or nasal use of the herb may also protect against the common cold and flu.

THERAPEUTIC DAILY AMOUNT:

One drop of tincture is taken two to three times per day. The dried root is taken in dosages of 1- 4 grams three times per day. The most potent astralagus supplements contain a standardized extract of the root, with 0.5% glucosides and 70% polysaccharides. Research suggests that the body can develop a tolerance to immune-stimulating herbs such as astragalus if it is taken for long periods. Therefore some experts recommend alternating astralagus with other immune system-enhancing herbs such as echinacea.

MAXIMUM SAFE LEVEL: Not established

SIDE EFFECTS/CONTRAINDICATIONS:

No side effects have been reported, however, pregnant women should not take astralagus without consulting their physician first.

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