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Astragalus Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

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General Name
English Name
Botanical Name
Astragalus Membranaceus, Astragalus Propinquus
Hindi Name
Chinese Name
Huang Qi

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Action of Astragalus

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Nutrients in Astragalus

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Parts Used

Root, Rhizome

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Astragalus

-Generally a safe herb to use. But, if found any allergic symptoms:
-High dosages of the herb might lead to suppression of Immune system so taking it with Immune-stimulating drugs should be avoided.
-Avoid use during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.

Drug Interaction :
If you are taking Astragalus then do not take Antidiabetic medications.
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Astragalus is known to be one of the most strongest Health tonics . It had been used in the Orient and is being used as one of the most famous tonic herbs till the date .
The herb is SWEET in taste, with a WARM potency. Therefore, usually used on people living in cold regions.

It is perennial.
It grows in a temperate climate.
It grows up to 40 Cm.
Best used for Lung Diseases and Strengthening the body. The plant is known to possess a superlative ability to restore and revive the activity of the suppressed Immune system.
Also known as the " Energizer".

APPEARANCE AND HABITAT : The plant has small pea-like yellow flowers and seed pods, and a stretched out, vine-like height or stature.
The herb has pinnate leaves spread out into 12-18 pairs of leaflets.

Astragalus is a perennial plant, it is a member of the legume family and reaches to a height of about 15- 16 inches.
Plant is native to the northern and eastern parts of China, Mongolia and Korea.
Leaves are made up of 12 - 15 pairs of leaflets and the stem is a hairy one.
This herb is usually found in the meadows or bushes.
Sandy and well -drained soil is ideal for planting this herb. Grown in usually summer or fall in full with plenty of sun

The medicinal part of the plant is the ROOT, usually harvested in autumn from 4-year-old plants.

Astragalus is a member of the pea family, and is a low-growing, perennial shrub that reaches sixteen inches. It thrives in sandy, well-drained soil, with plenty of sun.

Dosge : Depends on :
Condition or Disease being treated
Body type, Age and Weight.

The herb can be administered as:
The root itself
Tincture (liquid alcohol extract)
Capsules and tablets
Topically for the skin as an ointment
Powdered form

Decoction : Make a decoction of the dried root and drink thrice a day.

Powder : 200- 00 mg of powder – 3 to 4 times a day.

Ointment : Apply the Astragalus topically to surface of the injury or wound, but avoid applying it to an open wound without the supervision of a doctor.

Tincture : Consume the tincture thrice a day. Add 10 – 15 drops of tincture in half a glass of water.

In TCM :
Astragalus Root : Huang Qi
Prepared Astragalus Root : Zhi Huang Qi
For prescribing along Chinese way of treatment, Astragalus is a Qi tonifying herb.
Meridians affected : Spleen and Lungs.

Cancer Treatment : Astragalus may not kill the Cancer cells directly. It strengthens the immune system against all types of Cancers. The enhanced immunity is beneficial for a patient undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy.

Materia Medica for Astragalus

Astragalus General

Astragalus is a herbaceous perennial plant of the pea family. It grows well in China, Mongolia and Korea.
Astragalus is both an Adaptogen, meaning it provides holistic health to an individual, makes body resistant to stress and diseases and is an Antioxidant, cures Heart disease and regulates the level of Cholestrol.

Astragalus is a good Immunity booster.
Astragalus strengthens the body Resistance and builds Stamina. It increases the WBC's count to shield the body. This enhances the Immunity level of the body and protects it against disease.
Acts as an add- on to Cancer therapies. So, it is a useful complementary treatment during Chemotherapy and reduces the side effects of Chemotherapy like lack of appetite, fatigue, Liver damage. It tends to protects the destruction White Blood Cells due to Chemotherapy.
Astragalus aslo inhibits the growth of Cancer cells. It reduces the toxic effects and the Liver damage caused by Chemotherapy radiation. It makes Cancer medication treatment more effective. The patient recovers faster.
Astragalus is effective in Aplastic Anemia. In this condition, Bone Marrow doesn't make enough new blood cells. Astragalus improves Blood count and helps generate the mature blood cells in the body and aids in lowering the Blood sugar.

Also known for improving Cardiovascular system improvement.

When you feel Nasal Congestion accompanied with Chronic Cough, it is a clear indication of Common Cold. Take Astragalus and feel better ! All your Respiratory Disorders like Asthama, Bronchitis and Sinusittis can be cured by this herb.
The herb is known to bolster all the metabolic, Respiratory and eliminative functions and also, the Primary energy of the body and has superb Healing power.

Acts as a wonderful Energizer for both, the young and the elderly.
Persistent use of Astragalus is therefore used to protect the body and this rightly made the herb to be labeled as the Great Protector.

The herb improves the function of the Skin thus, eliminates the toxins. Widely used to aid sores in the Skin to fester and thus, heals sores more quickly. The herb is also known to have a diuretic action and relieves excessive sweating.

Are you suffering from Liver problems ? It is used as a general tonic to protect the Liver. For Chronic Hepatitis ? Don't worry. Astragalus is a very good remedy. It cures all Liver related problems.
For Cardiac Disorders, Astragalus will benefit you!! It helps in severe heart diseases. It lowers Chloesterol level, improves Circulation after a Heart attack and protects the tissue.
Astragalus is quite a robust remedy at healing Sickness, and has Antibacterial properties which makes the herb suitable to handle and prevent diseases like :
Swollen Wounds
Reduces Inflammation
Common cold
Respiratory Tract Infections
One of the best natural Antiviral herbs it is. Increases the resistance of body to Infection. Helps to deal with Stress and Fatigue ( Specially for sports person ; as it helps the body to better use oxygen and as it is an adaptogen, also adjusts the body o physical stress as well )

Helps the Heart and Liver
Astragalus improves the Heart functions in an individual. Regulates the Blood pressure. Also, pretty beneficial for patients with chronic Viral Hepatitis.

Astragalus is a significant herb used to lower the acidity in stomach, this improves the digestion and also leads to a quicker elimination of waste. Thus, cures constipation.

Methods of Administration. How to take
Tincture. The best and the most potent method of consuming Astragalus is to Tincture it.
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Decoction: Make a tea.
Put l/2 teaspoonful of the powdered root in a cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for l0 minutes. Drink three times a day.
The root may be chewed as such.
Single Herb

Astragalus for Allergies

Prepare dried root tincture. Drink twice a day. It will give you relief from Allergic Rhinitis or Hayfever.

Astragalus for Tumors

Prepare root decoction. Take half cup two times a day .

Astragalus for Arrhythmia

Cut the roots of Astragalus into small pieces. Prepare an infusion of the roots. Drink 2-3 cups a day.

Astragalus for Liver

Take Astragalus roots. Wash them. Prepare a decoction. Drink half cup daily.

Astragalus for Bladder Cancer

Have Astragalus capsules. ( 500mg three times a day )

Astragalus for Autism

Prepare a root decoction of Astragalus . Have two cups two times a day.

Astragalus as an Immunity Booster

Grind Astragalus root to make paste. Take 4 g of it once a day with lukewarm water.

Astragalus for High Creatinine

Boil a handful of dried Astragalus root slices in 1/4th of water for half an hour. Now strain and drink the tea. Drink it every day between the meals.

Astragalus for Bone Infection

Put half teaspoon of Astragalus powdered roots in one cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for 10 minutes. Drink thrice daily.

Astragalus for Encephalopathy

Have Astragalus extract. ( 250 mg four times a day )

Astragalus for Epstein Barr Virus

Take 250 mg of Astragalus extract four times a day.

Astragalus for Avian Flu

Take 1 teaspoon of dried Astragalus herb in powdered form. Consume it 3 to 4 times a day.

Astragalus for Keshan Disease

Have Astragalus capsules, 500 mg twice a day.

Astragalus for Kidney Cancer

Take Astragalus extract, 500 mg twice a day.

Astragalus for Leucopenia

Take 250 mg of Astragalus root extract two times a day.

Astragalus for Myeloma

Take Astragalus extract, 250 mg thrice daily.

Astragalus for Pituitary Tumors

Take 500 mg of Astragalus extract, once a day.
Add 1 tablespoon of dried Astragalus root in one cup of water. Boil it for 30 minutes. Let it cool. Drink it, once a day.

Astragalus for Heart Enlarged

Boil fresh Astragalus roots in 150 ml of water for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain off this decoction. Drink a cup of it daily to prevent cardiac problems.

Astragalus for Cervical Cancer

Astragalus root acts like chemotherapy drugs. It attacks the abnormal growth of Cancer cells and enhances the immunity.
Have 1 tablespoon of Astragalus root powder daily.
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Herbal Treatment For Azoospermia 1

Prepare a decoction of Astragalus root and died Knotgrass. Drink 2-3 times a day. Astragalus increases Sperm's survival rate and Knotgrass improves the fertility.

Herbal Treatment For Prostatitis

Each Herb can be tried individually in minimum amounts. Take the following Herbs
Vaccaria Hispanica
Paeonia Suffruticosa
White Peony
Peucedanum Praeruptorium
Snow Lotus
Akebia Vine

Herbal Treatment For Prostate Enlargement 3

Each Herb can be tried individually in minimum amounts. Take the following Herbs
Vaccaria Hispanica
Paeonia Suffruticosa
White Peony
Peucedanum Praeruptorium
Snow Lotus
Akebia Vine

Herbal Treatment For Curing Spleen Diseases

Following herbs, in conjunction are beneficial for Spleen nourishment and cure Spleen Disorders, if any. Even if you do not suffer from any disease, it is recommended that you take the combination for 15 days every year. This acts as a tonic for Spleen.

Atractylodes Rhizome
Dong Quai
Indian Gooseberry
White Peony
Common Marshmallow

You may buy the formula, containing the above mentioned Herbs. Capsule form, is readily available. Consume one capsule everyday , for 15 days.

Herbal Treatment For Prostate Enlargement 5

Following herbs, in conjunction are beneficial for Prostate Enlargement and Urinary Tract Infection, if any. Even if you suffer from acute or chronic problems, it is recommended that you take the following combination.
Vaccaria Hispanica
Thlaspi Arvense
White Peony
Chinese Liquorice
Paeonia Suffruticosa
You may buy the formula, containing the above mentioned Herbs. Capsule form is readily available. Consume two pills, thrice daily with lukewarm water.

Herbal Treatment For Reproductive Problems of Males 1

Following herbs, in conjunction are beneficial for Reproductive Problems of Males and act as a powerful Kidney tonic. It is also useful in increasing low levels of Libido.
Ginseng Korean
Dong Quai
Chinese Liquorice
Atractylodes Macrocephala
Black Musli
Dipsacus Fullonum
Morinda Officinalis
Cynomorium Songaricum
Horny Goat Weed
Mondo Grass
Chinese Raspberry
Achyranthes Aspera
Cistanche Deserticola
Goji Berry
Paeonia Suffruticosa
You may buy the formula, containing the above mentioned Herbs. Capsule form is readily available. Consume 2 capsules per day.

Herbal Treatment For Reproductive Problems of Males 2

Following herbs, in conjunction are beneficial for Reproductive Problems of Males and act as a powerful kidney tonic.
Ginseng Korean
Dong Quai
Cuscuta Chinensis
Goji Berry
Zanthoxylum Piperitum
Morinda Officinalis
Cornus Officinalis
Polyporus Umbellatus
Achyranthes Aspera
Yam Rhizome
Horny Goat Weed
Paeonia Suffruticosa
Chinese Knotweed
Atractylodes Macrocephala
Water Plantain
White Peony
Anemone Chinensis
You may buy the formula, containing the above mentioned Herbs. Capsule form is readily available. Consume 1 capsule 3 times a day.
Queries on Astragalus
Cindy ( Georiga )
29 Feb 2016
What herbs remove genital warts, HPV?
08 Mar 2016
Dear Cindy.
The best Herb to cure Genital warts is Aloe Vera and Astragalus. Apply Aloe vera juice directly over the warts. Repeat it twice a day. Continue for 15 days. Astragalus is the Herb that has strong anti-viral properties. You may take Astragalus capsules daily for a week, if it suits you continue for 20 days. Echinacea tea is another amazing cure. Drink this tea for 7 days. one cup daily. Many people get relief by applying Garlic paste alone on the warts. you may also check Warts in the disease section of this website( I just checked it out ). They have mentioned a number of cures. Good luck Cindy. hope you get cured soon !!
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