Astragalus (considered a “super herb”) was found originally in Asia. This is a Chinese herb named as huang qi, and the name is translated as “yellow leader”, because of its yellow root. The Astragalus “super herb” is one of a member of a huge genus of about 2,100 types of different herbs and plants, and is a member of the legume family. It is also commonly referred as goat’s thorn, milk vetch, and locoweed. This Astragalus “super herb” is known as one of the most effective and helpful Chinese healing antidotes. Most of these olden remedies are usually produced from the roots of various plants.
The customary Chinese medicinal practice is boiling the roots of plants in water thus removing all the impurities. It is then often combined along with various other herbs and roots like maitake mushroom and ginseng. Astragalus Herb will also be found in many forms like extracts, supplements and teas.
Astragalus is usually used in the treatment of the following diseases and situations:
- Night Sweats
- Intestinal Maladies
- Heart Disease
- Improve Immune System
- High Blood Pressure
Before using Astragalus one needs to be cautious as there has been limited factual studies and research done on Astragalus. Thus, it would be advised to consult a medical expert before opting for any kind of supplement, vitamin or medicinal regimen based on this particular supplement. Individuals who may be using specific medications which affect the immune system, should compulsorily consult their doctor before making use of the herb or its supplement derivative.
Recent studies shows that Astragalus “super herb” if used in a proper manner is helpful to your health and it improves and strengthens the immune system. Astragalus is also used to cure fatigue, blood circulation, stress, various infections and much more. Recent studies have also suggested Astragalus might lessen the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation and treatments.
Astragalus has been used for over 2,000 years in conventional Chinese remedy as a diuretic as well as an immune stimulant. It is usually used to treat nephritis and diabetes. In North America it is generally used to strengthen the immune function following the cancer-chemotherapy treatments. Studies have also shown that huang qi or Astragalus encourages bone marrow to generate more phagocytes, the cells that devastate the bacteria and viruses. These actions are actually attributed to Astragalus active constituents – “glycans” which stimulate the action of polysaccharides, as well as the phagocytes which improve immune function. Saponins, which encourage the increase in generating lymphocytes are also made more plentiful. Few even believe that this super herb has the potential to cure HIV infection. But this requires a further study to be done. Thus, Astragalus, of which originates from Chinese medicine, is helpful for the treatment of various diseases and disorders – but should only be used with proper medical clearance from a doctor of physician.