- Astragalus membranaceus
± 60g - 70g
½ teaspoon once a day
up to 3 teaspoons for cronic ailments
Astragalus root is one of superior tonic herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. Of over 2000 known species of astragalus only 2 are used as medicines, both of which grow naturally in northern China and Mongolia.
With a long and enduring history in Chinese Medicine, Astragalus is known as a premier Qi tonic. Qi is simple defined as the vital life force that flows in our bodies, thus a qi tonic provides protection or a conceptual “shield” which serves as a primary defense mechanism against pernicious threats to the system
Astragalus is traditionally used to tonify the lungs and is used in cases of frequent immunological disorders. This amazing root is also used for shortness of breath, seasonal allergies, heart conditions, kidney disease, night sweats, chronic ulcerations and sores, numbness and finally paralysis of the limbs.
The main constituents of the root are saponins, polysaccharides, isoflavonoids, and free amino acids. Of notable interest are isolated compounds only found in astragalus called Astragalosides - astragaloside IV being the most powerful.
Astragalus is known as a potent immune boosting herb and disease fighter. It is an immunostimulant that can increase white blood cell count and stimulate the production of antibodies, this builds up bodily resistance to viruses and bacteria.
Astragalus' flavonoids and astragaloside IV increase cell-mediated immunity which increases the number of T-helper cells, and stimulates macrophage and natural killer cell activity - thus enhancing both cellular and humoral immune responses.
Astragaloside IV and cycloastragenol have been extensively studied for their benefits in reversing cell damage and in activating telomerase, this addresses telomere shortening and slows down cellular aging. Astragalus has notable cardioprotective effects, helping to prevent plaque build up in the arteries, narrowing of the blood vessel walls and reducing blood pressure.
various studies have also validated astragalus' use for treating maladies such as chronic fatigue, diabetes, chronic asthma, kidney health and as an adjunct treatment for chemotherapy patients - helping common side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bone marrow suppression.
We currently supply astragalus root in both our colds and flu extract tincture as well as in a powdered form.