Astragalus ( Huang Qi ) 黃耆
|The root is often cut in long strips and thus often|
referred to as 'tongue depressors.'
THERAPUTIC EFFECTS: immunitonic; cardiotonic; diuretic; controls profuse perspiration; lowers blood pressure; lowers blood sugar; improves circulation in flesh and skin.
INDICATIONS: immune deficiency; cancer; chronic fatigue; high blood pressure; prolapse of internal organs; diabetes; cold and weak limbs; colds and flu; bronchitis; hepatitis; adrenal deficiency.
INCOMPATIBLES: Chinemys reevesii (tortoise shell); opiates.
According to Chinese herbology, this herb enhances immunity by protecting the body from colds. It also stimulates production and circulation of immunological factors in the blood.
Modern Chinese research has shown that astralagus helps the body resist virus infections, particularly in the lungs, by increasing production of interferon, an immune factor that inhibits viral growth.
Orally, Astragalus is used for treating the common cold and upper respiratory infections; to strengthen and regulate the immune system; and to increase the production of blood cells particularly in individuals with chronic degenerative disease or in individuals with cancer under going chemotherapy or radiation therapy. [I have a very strong formula that I've had great success with when used during this period. If interested, please let me know. "email@example.com"] It is also used orally for chronic nephritis and diabetes. Astragalus is also used orally as an antibacterial and antiviral; a tonic; liver protectant; anti-inflammatory; antioxidant; and as a diuretic, vasodilator, or hypotensive agent.
I've used this herb for many years in many of my formulas. It's efficacy is dependable and thorough. I ALWAYS use it along with Don Sen (tomorrow's featured herb) - together the herbs strengthen formulas and boost the body's strength and longevity and resistance to disease in general. Astragalus is commonly used in combination with other herbs. For example, in combination with Ligustrum lucidum (glossy privet), astragalus is used orally fortreating breast cancer, cervical cancer, and lung cancer.
Astragalus ( Huang Qi ) 黃耆 Use Cautions:
Because of this herb's powerful enhancements of immune response, it is currently under study as a treatment for AIDS. AIDS patients show an unusually high count of T-suppressor cells, which impair immunity by suppressing activity of T-cells, one of the body's primary immune factors. Astralagus has been shown to significantly reduce the number of T-suppressor cells in cases of human immune deficiency.