Origin: Derived from the roots of the astragalus or Mongolian milkvetch.
Also Known As: Mongolian milkvetch
Overview: Astragalus is an herb commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to boost the immune system as well as to treat conditions such as heart disease.
It is the source of a popular medicine called huang qi that the Chinese use against colds, flus and other respiratory infections.
The herb is called an adaptogen, meaning it helps protect the body from physical, mental, or emotional stress.
It is commonly available as capsules and liquid extracts. The root may also be ground into a powder, which can be brewed into teas
- Boosting the immune system
- Potentially improving heart function
- Reducing negative side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Controlling blood sugar levels
- Improving kidney function
- Improving symptoms of chronic fatigue
- Improving symptoms of seasonal allergy
Common Dosage: There is no standard recommended dosage for Astragulus at the moment. However, supplements are usually taken in doses ranging from 9 to 30 grams per day.