Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has relied upon Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) for many millennia. It is frequently combined with other traditional herbs to strengthen the body against disease. Astragalus is referred to as an adaptogen, which means it bolsters the body’s ability to fight against physical, mental, and emotional stress.
Astragalus may help protect the body from diseases such as cancer and diabetes. It contains antioxidants, which protect cells against damage. Astragalus protects and supports the immune system, preventing colds and upper respiratory infections, lowering blood pressure, treating diabetes, and protecting the liver.
Astragalus has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used topically to help wounds heal. In addition, astragalus has antiviral properties and stimulates the immune system, which means it may help prevent colds.
Scientists in the U.S. are investigating astragalus as a potential treatment for people with immune systems compromised by radiation or chemotherapy. Studies show that astragalus may help people recover and live longer.
Astragalus is an antioxidant, which means that it may help people with severe forms of heart disease, relieving symptoms, lowering cholesterol levels, and improving heart function. At low-to-moderate doses, astragalus has few side effects. It does have some interaction with some herbs and prescription medications, so be sure to consult with your doctor before adding it as a supplement to your daily routine.
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