The genus Astragalus belongs to a group of more than 2,000 species distributed worldwide, and is commonly known as milkvetchroot.
Astragalus has demonstrated a wide range of potential therapeutic applications in immunodeficiency syndromres. Astragalus root has been used to promote immune fonction and as a tonic to build stamina. Ancient Chinese texts record the use of Astragalus for tonifying the spleen, blood, and the global strength.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Astragalus is classified as an herb that tonifies the qi and is indicated for symptoms of spleen, qi deficiency such as diarrhea, tiredness, and lack of appetite. It also raises the yang qi of the spleen and stomach, thus addressing prolapses of organs such as the uterus or stomach. In this capacity it can also addresses uterine bleeding,spontaneous night sweating, and shortness of breath.Astragalus is typically prescribed as a dried root, powdered, or in a decoction.Classically, it is prescribed in combination with other Chinese medicinal herbs, depending on the desired therapeutic effect.
Several studies also show that Astragalus offers heart-protecting effects, including protection against oxidative damage. Additionally, the flavonoids, saponins, and polysaccharides found in Astragalus root help minimize free radical damage to membranes.
Astragalus is uniquely healthy for cellular health because of its ability to protect body’s telomeres from degradation.Astragalus causes body to increase its production of a substance called “telomerase”, which is an enzyme that enables the production of more telomeres.
What’s more impressive is that despite these remarkable effects on cellular health there’s apparently no toxicity from astragalus if taken at reasonable dosages. As far there are no cases where astragalus caused harmful side effects in patients.