Astragalus Root

Astragalus Root, Astragalus membranaceus, bei qi, huang qi, ogi, hwanggi, milk vetch

Astragalus has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine in combination with other herbs, such as ginseng, dong quai, and licorice. There are more than 2,000 species of astragalus. It has many health benefits, such as immune-boosting, antiaging and anti-inflammatory effects. It has been used to treat many conditions, including diarrhea, fatigue, anorexia, upper respiratory infections, heart disease, hepatitis, fibromyalgia, and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer.

Nutraceutic

  • Origin Plant Based
  • Source Itself
  • Type Phytochemicals, Flavonoids
  • Age Range Teenagers (13-19), Adults (20-59), Seniors (>60)
  • Toxicity May be toxic in high doses
  • Side effects Skin Rashes, Runny Nose, Nausea, Diarrhea, Irregular Heartbeat
  • Warnings Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Autoimmune Diseases, Immunosuppressant Medication, Diabetes, Hypertention

Why be Careful

Astragalus is moslty well tolerated by healthy individuals.There is not enough research to demonstrate that astragalus is safe to pregnant or breastfeeding women. Astragalus may increase the activity of immune system so it is important for people with autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc) to avoid it. As astragalus may increase the activity of the immune system, it may decrease the effects of immunosuppressant drugs. Astragalus may also have effects on blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Therefore, the use should be cautious for diabetics and people who have issues with blood pressure.

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