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Astralagus

Astragalus reduces nitric acid, aids diabetes, heart disease, vascular problems, liver, wounds on the skin, kidney, strengthens the immune system. It is reported that it can heal some organs. see references below

1. ASTRALAGUS (ASTRAGALUS MEMBRANACEUS) Astralagus is also known as the Chinese herb Huang Qi. It is the roots of this plant that are used as an herbal remedy.
HISTORY: This herb is a main constituent of Ancient Chinese medicine. The Astralagus herb is native to the northern areas of China. There are over 2000 different recorded types of Astralagus that are used medicinally. This herb grows up to a foot and a half high with white or yellow flowers. The roots of the Astralagus plant are harvested only after it is more than four years old. The top portion of the plant is poisonous, so it is important to ensure that only the root of the Astralagus plant are used. Due to its effects on the body, Astralagus should not be used if you have a fever, or suffer from a skin disorder.
INTERNAL USE: Astralagus can be taken as a tea or taken as a capsule. It can even be taken directly in the form of the dried root. Astralgus is used to help Alzheimer’s disease, chemotherapy effects, diarrhea, fatigue, improve immune system weakness, lower blood pressure and fight internal infections.http://www.greatamericanproducts.com/pages/Home/Glossary/A

2."Astragalus (As-trá-ga-lus) is a large genus of about 2,000 species of herbs and small shrubs, belonging to the legume family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. The genus is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Common names include milk-vetch (most species), locoweed (in western US)[1] and goat's-thorn (A. gummifer, A. tragacanthus). Some pale-flowered vetches are similar in appearance, but vetches are more vine-like." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astragalus

3.This report claims Astragalus strengthens the immune system, helps sores to heal on the skin, helps the heart, anticoagulant effect on blood clots, improves recovery from cancer treatmensts, may aid in HIV treatment." http://vitamins.ultimatefatburner.com/astragalus.html

4."One thing that astragalus root has been made famous for is its ability to boost the immune system. While this isn’t what the Chinese used astragalus for, Western medicine has discovered that astragalus helps to stimulate the body by producing a substance known as interferon while boosting red blood cell formation. Interferon, an anti viral agent, helps the body when destroying viruses and other harmful microbes. For this reason, many scientists recommend the astragalus root for those who have a compromised immune system. People who frequently fall victim to colds and get respiratory infections are prime candidates for an astragalus root user. It is also helpful to people with more serious conditions such as cancer, since the body is weakened when trying to fight a disease.

Another benefit of astragalus is its ability to boost energy levels and vitality. Also, astragalus root has been linked to improving blood circulation. Astragalus is pretty well known as a ‘safe’ herb, with no known side effects. However, it is important to consult a physician before you take any kind of supplement, especially if you are already taking medications. Some medications can counteract with herbal remedies, and vice versa, so it’s important to get your facts straight with a physician regarding your regimen. Also, if you are pregnant or nursing, it’s not advisable to take astragalus as its effect on children have not been tested." http://ezinearticles.com/?Our-Guide-To-The-Astragalus-Root&id=82431

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  • Chemotherapy Side-Effects/Risks, Radiation, Side-Effects, reduces bone marrow supression and gastrointestinal toxicity caused by chemotherapy and radiation.
  • Immunity, Infections, Chronic / Hidden Infection: It increases the activity of white blood cells and increases interferon production (the substance that prevents the development of a virus in living cells) in the body. These attributes make it suitable for use as a preventative against recurring colds, flu and bronchitis, as well as an adjunct to treating chronic illnesses and supporting long term recovery from debilitating viral infections
  • Colds and Influenza: Astragalus extract at 300mg per day can boost immune function and produce antiviral effects.
  • Organ Health
  • Hepatitis   http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/treat/T277833.html


6." Possible Interactions: If you are being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use astragalus without first talking to your health care provider: Antiviral medications -- Astragalus may increase the effects of some antiviral medications such as acyclovir and interferon. Drugs that suppress the immune system -- Astragalus may counteract the immune-suppressing effects of cyclophosphamide, a medication used to reduce the chances of rejection in transplant recipients, as well as corticosteroids. Diabetes medications -- Astragalus may lower blood sugar, making the effects of diabetes drugs stronger. High blood pressure medication -- Astragalus may lower blood pressure, making the effects of these drugs stronger. Diuretics (water pills) -- Astragalus is a diuretic and may make the effects of other diuretics stronger. Anti-coagulants(blood thinners) -- Astragalus may make the effects of these drugs stronger, increasing the risk of bleeding and stroke.

Possible uses
* Colds and influenza
* Persistent infection
* Fever
* Multiple allergies
* Asthma
* Chronic fatigue
* Fatigue or lack of appetite associated with chemotherapy
* Anemia
* Wounds
* Heart disease
* Kidney disease
* Hepatitis
* Stomach ulcers
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/astragalus-000223.htm



7. "In conclusion, astragalus root and elderberry fruit extracts increase the IFN- inducing activity of L. acidophilus in dendritic cells , suggesting that they may exert antiviral and immune-enhancing activity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23118903

 

 
 
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