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

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Astragalus Membranaceus, Astragalus Propinquus
Hindi Name
Chinese Name
Huang Qi
Homeopathic Name
Astragalus Membranaceus   -   Mother Tincture

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Astragalus Cures


Action of Astragalus

Most Effective

Nutrients in Astragalus

Taste of

Nature of


Parts Used

Root, Rhizome

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Astragalus

It is a safe herb to use. Avooid use 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 Breastfeeding.
Drug Interaction :
If you are taking Astragalus then do not take Antidiabetic medications.
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It is perennial.
It grows in a temperate climate.
It grows up to 40 Cm.
The herb is SWEET in taste, with a WARM potency. It is a member of the Legume family.
It is also known as “Energizer".
Best used for Lung Diseases and Strengthening the body.
Dosge : Depends on patients condition, Body type, Age and Weight.
The herb can be taken as:
The root itself
Tincture (liquid alcohol extract)
Capsules and tablets
Topically for the skin as an ointment
And Powdered form
Decoction : Make a decoction of the dried root and drink thrice a day.
Powder : Have 200 mg of powder, 2 to 3 times a day.
Ointment : Apply the Astragalus topically to surface of the injury or wound. Avoid applying it to an open wound without the supervision of a doctor.
Tincture : Consume 5-10 drops of tincture in half a glass of water 2 times a day.
It stimulates Immune functions.
It is used in treatment of Diarrhea, Viral and Cardiovascular diseases.
It is used as a preventive against common colds and Influenza.
It reduces the infections in Upper Respiratory Tract.
It improves the Cardiac function, reduces Creatinine Kinase levels and treats Arrhythmia.
It is used in the treatment of Angina Pectoris.
It helps in faster recovery after Stroke. It helps in Bladder control when given to patients within 24 hours of the Stroke.
It is used to enhance the effectiveness of Chemotherapy and associated side effects in Cancer patients.
It is useful in Chronic Kidney diseases. It has Antioxidant, Diuretic and Antiinflammatory effects.
It regulates Glucose in pregnant women. Astragalus with Insulin gives better outcomes than Insulin alone.
It is used as an Adaptogenic tonic. It gives strength and tonify blood for Blood Loss, Fatigue, Anorexia, organ Prolapse, Chronic Diarrhea, Shortness of Breath, Sweating and enhance recuperation.
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.
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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 Congestionn 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.
Regular use of Astragalus protects the body against disease.
The herb improves the function of the Skin by eliminating toxins. Effective against sores in the Skin.
The herb is an excellent diuretic.
It relieves excessive sweating.
Are you suffering from Liver problems ? Rekax ! It is used as a general tonic to protect the Liver; good for Chronic Hepatitis.
For Cardiac Disorders, Astragalus will benefit you!! It helps in severe heart diseases. It lowers Chloesterol levels, improves Circulation after a Heart attack and protects the tissues. It regulates blood pressure.
Astragalus is a robust remedy.It heals Sickness caused by bacteria and virus. Some examples are:
Swollen Wounds
Reduces Inflammation
Common cold
Respiratory Tract Infections
It boosts resistance of the body to Infection. It fight Stress and Fatigue ( Specially suited to sports persons. It is an adaptogen. It helps the body to use oxygen more effectively.
Astragalus improves digestion. It manages acidity. It cures constipation and diarrhoea.
Methods of Administration. How to take
Tincture. The best and the most potent method of consuming Astragalus is to Tincture it.
To learn how to make your own Tinctures Click here
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.

Astragalus for Cancer

Have a cup of Astragalus root decoction every day. It works against the growth of Cancer cells.

Astragalus for Cervical Erosion

Astragalus roots have anticancer properties. It attacks the abnormal growth of the cells and aids the immune system of the body.
Have 1 tablespoon of Astragalus root powder daily.
OR : Have a cup of Astragalus root tea every day.
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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 1

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.
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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 !!
Mahen ( Malaysia )
22 Mar 2018

I'm diagnosed with Azoospermia and doctor has advised to go micro tese after blood test and so on. Can you advise the best treatment using herbs and how to go about it.


Jill ( Australia )
24 Apr 2018
Hello i have a low white blood count white cell count 3.0 and neutrophils is 1.4. Just wondering on astragalus membranaceus, there is a product in australia that claims to boost white blood count called 'ki immune defence and energy formaula that contains this, any good? Thanks Jill
Cathy Piscitello ( United States )
31 Jul 2018
Hello! I was researching camphor oil for osteoarthritis, chronic hypermobility in the SI joints; a mechanical anomaly I have suffered from all my life and especially after two fusions. In 2014 fell fractured L-5 as well. I have Addisons' Disease and suffer from Neutrophils as well, with a compromised immune system. I take many bone density nutrients. I am trying to avoid another surgery. Because I have taken hydrocortisone for years, I suffer from osteoarthritis in many areas of my spine. Hypothyroidism as well. Other than that I am healthy!! LOL I would appreciate any help you have to offer. I already have learned so much. And where would YOU suggest I purchase the recommendations you give me Brand etc? Thank you!!
Dianne Finemore ( Australia )
15 Aug 2019
In no way would Astralagus give Haemogoliblin levels to be low ,I have been taking it for about 6 years and believe in it ,I have Emphysema
19 Aug 2019
Hey Dianne, Astragalus is known to help with low hemoglobin level in the blood. It increases hemoglobin. Please explain why you have been taking it for 6 years? Also, Emphysema is not related to this. To treat Emphysema, you can do the following: -Take fresh or dried Eucalyptus ( Safeda ) leaves. Boil it in a cup of water. Strain. Drink it twice a day. - Cut 2 blades of Lemongrass ( Gandhartrina ). Put in a cup of boiled water and cover. Strain it after 10 minutes. Drink it twice a day. Please explain the exact problem you are suffering from.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Lalit Kumar ( India/haryana )
25 Sep 2020
Hallo sir myself Lalit Kumar from India
Sir have diagnose nill sperm in my semen
By tests I found that the sperms are not maturing in my right testis left one have varicocele sir please suggest any medicine
Carolina ( Hong Kong )
08 May 2021
Hi, How long may I take Astragalus 500mg capsule to get rid of 3 HR HPV strains? [info: I am less than 30 and healthy]
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