Astragalus Membranaceus Definition and Usage

astragalus membranaceus milkvetchRich in many substances stimulate immunity system of human organism. In China, Astragalus is used as remedy in prevention of many diseases.

Even though it’s yellow flowers look frangible, this plant is resistant to unfavorable weather. The most important part of this herb is its root containing many beneficial substances including polysaccharides which are important for strengthening immunity.

The optimal age of the plant to be harvested is between four to seven years.

The Astragalus strengthens immunity system, especially after chemotherapy or irradiation, and also helps to prevent from respiratory infections.

Research and Effects

Astragalus strengthens organism as tonic; it increases diseases resistance, fills with energy and maintains organism in a good shape. It is also an antioxidant helping organism to fight free radicals damaging histological cells. Astragalus also probably has anti-bacterial and anti-virous effects. Dietary supplements containing Astragalus is possible without any troubles use in combination eith other medicaments.

Astragalus has the strongest effect on coldness, influenza, bronchitis and lateral sinus nasals inflammation because it disables virus to infect respiratory mucosa. Similarly to Echinacea, Astragalus is able to fight pathogenic spores in initial phase of infection. In advanced stages of disease, this herb might shorten its last and mitigate its symptoms.

Astragalus also reduces negative impact caused by stress on health condition. In China, Astralagus represents a remedy regulating immunity system and protect bone marrow of patients suffering from cancer during chemotherapy or irradiation. This plant’s qualities result from T-cells production, natural protectors.

Astragalus also supports production of interferons, antivirus substances. Due to its stimulative abilities, this herb is applied as helpful remedy form patients infected with AIDS. In addition, widening blood-vessels and improving blood flow through tissues means, Astragalus helps to modify abnormal perspiration and to decrease blood pressure.

How to use

To strengthen immune system: Use 200 mg of Astragalus root once or twice a day for three weeks, and then replace it with Echinacea or Uncaria in three days intervals. In treatment of bronchitis: Use 200 mg four times per day until symptoms disappear or at least are reduced. It is recommended to choose product containing 0,5 % of glycosides and 70 % of polysaccharides. Astragalus can be used anytime during the day after or before meal, or even on empty stomach.


Long term studies and testing had evidenced, Astragalus causes no adverse effects.

Additional information and Notifications

Pregnant or nursing women should consult the usage of Astragalus Membranaceus with their physician. Also, the usage of Astragalus should be discussed with a physician, if one experiences any health difficulties.

To even intensify remedial qualities of Astragalus , it is highly recommended to combine it with other herbs such as Echinacea, ginseng or licorice.

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