Astragalus is a minor tonic. Take large doses over time to avoid getting sick. This herb enhances the immune system, strengthens and nourishes the microbiome which is the gut bacteria in your stomach. This herb contains polysaccharides. The best way to use astragalus is how our ancestors used it, and that is through soup. Boil it with your soups, not only to add a delicious flavor but also to up your immunity.
Benefits of Astragalus:
- Anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the root cause of most diseases.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Anti-cancer. The herb prevents the growth of tumors. Just check out this study that was done Here.
- Protects the cardiovascular system by preventing plaque buildup in arteries and the narrowing of cellular walls by protecting the inner wall. It also regulates calcium homeostasis in the heart.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Treats diabetes by relieving insulin resistance.
- Treats kidney illnesses by protecting the renal system.
- Improves brain function by reducing free radical damage and oxidative stress.
- Treats wounds and prevents scarring.
- Treats symptoms of chemotherapy and helps you recover more quickly from this.
- Treats colds and flu
- Treats asthma
“There is also evidence to suggest astragalus can successfully:
- prevent collagen degradation
- help heal lung tissue affected by bronchopulmonary dysplasia in newborns
- inhibit herpes simplex virus 1
- prevent the replication of viruses like Coxsackie B-3, a virus that triggers illnesses ranging from mild stomach issues to major heart complications
- treat inflammation in allergic dermatitis (an allergic reaction of the skin)
- help treat hepatitis by inhibiting hepatitis B virus cells in the liver
- treat HIV by protecting t-helper cells fight the virus for much longer
- be used as a mild diuretic (6)” – Dr. Axe
A wide array of constituents including more than 40 saponins, several flavonoids including isoflavone, polysaccharides, free-form amino acids, essential fatty acids coumarins, and multiple trace minerals.
No serious side effects have been reported when used alone and taken at recommended doses. The most common side effect is mild stomach upset. Although it is generally considered safe, there are precautions that should be taken. There are about 2,000 species of astragalus. Some of these species contain toxins that are known to cause poisoning in livestock. Animals that would eat it would drool, run in circles, or stagger (thus giving these plants the name locoweed – loco meaning crazy). Locoweed grows wild in the western part of the United States.
Based on limited research, astragalus may decrease blood glucose (sugar) levels. People with hypoglycemia or diabetes should use caution when taking. Talk with your health care provider, especially if taking medications or insulin.
Astragalus has been noted to affect blood pressure. Doses above 30 grams have been known to increase it and doses below 15 grams have been known to decrease it. People with blood pressure problems or taking medications for blood pressure should use caution when taking and consult with their health care provider.
People taking medications that suppress the immune system should avoid use. This includes corticosteroids and certain medications taken by cancer patients and transplant recipients.
People taking diuretics should use caution when taking astragalus to prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid use as there is not enough research to indicate it is safe for them. Children and infants should not take this.
The reason this herb is not recommended for those already on prescription pills is that it does exactly what drugs do except without the negative side effects. Compounding these effects is not good. So you will either have to remove the prescription drugs and replace with astragalus or just take your prescription drugs. If it were me, I’d replace, but that’s me.
2 to 6 g daily of the powdered root.
Buy astragalus in bulk. You can make a very good tincture with this by soaking it in 85% or higher vodka. Take several tsps a day of tincture to cure cancer and build bone marrow. Take 30 grams per tea or throw it in a soup as our ancestors did.
The recommended dose for a standardized extract is 250 – 500 mg, three to four times a day standardized to 0.4% 4-hydroxy-3-methoxy isoflavone 7-sug. When making tea, boil three to six grams of dried root per 12 ounces of water three times a day. You can get a tincture of astragalus in 30 percent ethanol. The recommended dose is 20 to 60 drops three times a day.