Many people report taking the herb Astragalus benefits their health. It is commonly taken orally for seasonal allergies, heart failure, diabetes, and to strengthen the immune system. Some take it as a general tonic to promote the health of the liver and to fight bacteria and viruses.
Traditional Chinese Medicine can improve your health.
✔️Proven Astragalus Benefits
Astragalus is native to Asia and commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Customarily, the root of this herb is boiled in water and then mixed with other ingredients to make various medicines. Today it’s common to find Astragalus in health food stores as a single herb or in combination with herbal formulas.
The Chinese have found Astragalus has a diuretic effect which is used to lower blood pressure and help with heart conditions. The main benefit of this herb is that it seems to improve a person’s immune function. Although research is encouraging, Western medicine is not completely convinced of its benefits. Nevertheless, many people find it effective and wouldn’t dream of being without it.
It is also used to prevent and reduce side effects associated with cancer treatment. Astragalus has been used for the side effects of cancer treatment, heart failure, diabetes, lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus), and many other conditions.
✔️Astragalus in Traditional Chinese Medicine
In TCM, Astragalus figures prominently in the Lixu Jieyu Recipe which consists of a combination of 6 herbs–
- Huangqi(Radix Astragali Mongolici)
- Gegen Radix Puerariae Lobatae)
- Sanqi(Radix Notoginseng)
- Yinyanghuo (Herba Epimedii Brevicornus)
- Yujin (Radix Curcumae Wenyujin)
- Shichangpu (Rhizoma Acori Tatarinowii)
Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome who were treated with this recipe experienced “better effects on relieving the symptoms of physical fatigue related to anxiety and depression than the control group”.1
Other stated ways Astragalus benefits health are aiding digestion, and strengthening the metabolism. By applying it to the skin, it is said to help injuries heal faster by increasing blood flow to the area.
Research shows that there is a potential health benefit for the immune system, heart, and liver function but the investigation continues.
Not everyone can take Astragalus, so if you have a chronic illness such as Crohn’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis you should not use Astragalus unless recommended by a qualified healthcare provider. See a licensed herbalist before trying to cure any condition yourself.
In addition to the pill form, Astragalus can be used in the form of Astragalus tea and Astragalus powder mixed into soups and beverages. If you decide to take this herb, do it on a consistent basis to see results. It doesn’t have a great taste, so tea or capsule form might be best. You may also see it sold in powders, slices, and chunks.
A word of caution. This plant is considered safe; however, it may interact with other medications you are taking. The safest thing to do is tell your doctor about your alternative practices so he or she knows your intentions. Pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children should consult a medical professional before taking this herb.