Astragalus membranaceus, more commonly known as Astragalus, or huáng qí, is an herb that has been traditionally used in Chinese Medicine for Centuries, and sometimes used through Intravenous(IV) Therapy in a hospital setting. Although there are about 2,000 varieties of Astragalus, Astragalus membranaceus, is one of the primary ones that are used for its benefits. Astragalus herb is traditionally used in its dried powdered form or as a strong decoction, made from boiling the dried root in water. The many phytochemical compounds found in specifically the Root of Astragalus, are believed to harness its various uses for potential health benefits.
- Astragalus contains compounds & polysaccharides that may aid in boosting the immune system. In vitro studies have demonstrated that Astragalus promotes B-cell proliferation and antibody production and enhances CTL (Cytotoxic T-lymphocytes) activity. So it may suggest an immuno-stimulating effect.
- Contains Astragalosides (antioxidants), which support the integrity of the respiratory tract. In Chinese Medicine, one of its primary uses has been as a lung tonic, and may help in resistance against respiratory tract infections.
- Antioxidants found in Astragalus have been found to increase superoxide dismutase (Enzyme that helps break down potentially harmful oxygen molecules in cells) and decreasing lipid peroxide activity (Lipid Peroxidation Products depending upon their concentration, cause selective alterations in cell signaling, protein and DNA damage, and cytotoxicity, therefore potentially reducing the possibility).
- Astragalus has been used in Chinese Medicinal recipes for the aid of kidney disorders and its diuretic effect. Proteinuria is a condition in which abnormal amounts of protein are found in urine, a sign that the kidneys may be damaged or not functioning correctly. Astragalus was found to reduce and improve Proteinuria in several studies. May also aid in reduction of infection with individuals with decreased renal function.
Suggested Use: Take 1 Cap, 1-3 times per day or as directed by a health care professional.