OverviewOther names: Huang Qi, Hwanggi, Bei Qi, Astragalus membranaceous, Milk Vetch
Astragalus is a plant local to Asia. Huang qi, the Chinese name of the herb, means "yellow leader", since the root is yellow and considered to be one of the most vital herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. The plant part used medicinally is the root.
In customary Chinese medicine, Astragalus is frequently made into a decoction - the roots are water boiled then removed. It's frequently combined with other herbs, like ginseng. Astragalus can too be found in health supplement form at some medicine food stores.
BenefitsThe alleged health benefits of Astragalus are vague. Astragalus is utilized to treat hepatitis, boost the immune system, and even treat cancer. It is always combined with other herbs, complicating the appraisal of the health benefits of Astragalus. You will find Astragalus as a constituent in traditional Chinese Medicine preparations like soups, teas, and even capsules (in powered form).
Known UseAstragalus is utilized in traditional Chinese medicine for diarrhea, night sweats, and for energy tonics that are ingested daily at certain times of the year.
Astragalus is used for a variety of heart conditions. It might have a diuretic effect that would lower blood pressure and it might cause blood vessels to relax. It hasn't been explored in human studies, so it should not be utilized as a substitute for conventional care.
One of the main uses for Astragalus is to boost immune function. Though more evidence is needed one of the ways Astragalus is thought to work is by mounting the production of immune cells. It may as well have mild antiviral activity & help with the colds’ prevention. There's little proof from human studies, though, on the efficacy of Astragalus as an antiviral.
Orally, Astragalus is utilized for treating the common cold & upper respiratory infections; to fortify & regulate the immune system; & to boost the blood cells production particularly in individuals with chronic degenerative disease or individuals with cancer undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. It is as well utilized orally for chronic nephritis & diabetes. Astragalus is too used orally as an antiviral and antibacterial; anti-inflammatory; a tonic; antioxidant; liver protectant; and as a vasodilator, diuretic, or hypotensive agent.
Topically, Astragalus is used as a vasodilator and to promote healing.
In blend with Ligustrum lucidum (or glossy privet), Astragalus is utilized orally for treating cervical, breast, & lung cancers.
Individuals with autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or systemic lupus erythematosus shouldn't utilize Astragalus unless suggested by a skilled healthcare practitioner. Individuals who have had transplant surgery shouldn’t use Astragalus.
The safety of Astragalus in nursing or pregnant women or children is unknown.
Astragalus may hamper with the efficacy of corticosteroid medications, such as:
· Decadron (Dexamethasone)
· Deltasone (Prednisone)
· Medrol (Methylprednisolone)
· Nasacort (Triamcinolone)
· Vancenase, Beconase (Beclomethasone)
Astragalus may reduce the effectiveness of medications that suppress the immune system, like Cyclosporine, Rapamune, Prograf, Imuran (Azathioprine), CellCept, and Zenapak.
Hypothetically, Astragalus can boost the efficacy of antiviral drugs like acyclovir and Amantadine.