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ASTRAGALUS (Astragalus membranaceous)

 

Common names

Milk-vetch root, huang qi

 

Medicinal part

Root

 

Description

The astragalus root is a rhizome.

 

As astragalus's primary medical use is to strengthen the immune system, it is an important herb in today's world. Long used in Chinese herbal medicine, the August Journal of the American Cancer Society reported that astralagus strengthened the immune function of a large proportion of the patients studied. Dr. G. Mavligit at the University of Texas in Houston reported that an extract from astragalus helped restore normal immune function in cancer patients with impaired immunity. It is often given to those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and research is ongoing to discover the full range of its medical properties.

As an immune system enhancer, it is recommended for colds as well as general resistance to disease. Also, it may help to reduce blood pressure by ridding the body of excess fluids.

Dosage

Capsules: Take 1 to 3  400-milligram capsules daily, or follow the manufacturer's directions on the label.

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