ASTRAGALUS (Astragalus membranaceous)
Milk-vetch root, huang qi
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.
Capsules: Take 1 to 3 400-milligram capsules daily,
or follow the manufacturer's directions on the label.