Herbal Supplements

The Herb and Supplement Index by Interflyer

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Name astragalus

Origin China

Scientific Name Atragalus membranaceus

Description Botanically, astragalus is related to licorice and the pea. The most important part of the plant is the root. Harvested when it is four to seven years old, it is loaded with health-promoting polysaccharides, a class of carbohydrates that boost the immune system. Enhances overall health by improving a person's resistance to disease, increasing stamina, vitality, and promoting general well being. It helps the body correct or prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. May have anti-viral and anti-biotic properties. Has been effective in fighting, colds, flu, bronchitis, and sinus infections. Root is dried for use in capsules. Tablets, Tinctures, Dried Herb Tea

Uses Widely used in China to rebuild immune system after Chemotheraphy or Radiation treatment for cancer. Helps fight respiratory infections and possibly may be used for treating HIV. Used to help lower blood pressure, widen blood vessels, increase blood flow and also for controlling excessive perspiration (night sweats). It has been known to be benneficial for the heart


Possible Side Effects Very few ( if any) negative reports from taking astragalus. Appears to have no side effects of any kind.

REMINDER If you have a medical condition such as a heart condition, high blood pressure, palpatations, high blood sugar or other medical conditions talk to your doctor before taking supplements.