Astragalus
    
Astragalus Membranaceus

Astragalus, is a researched potent immune system tonic, strengthens the body, metabolism, muscles, protective Qi, stress resistance.   An adaptogen that, increases wound healing, level of interferon and antibodies, liver and spleen function, life span of cells, and strength of T-cells.One of the most important herbs in the world, Astragalus has been recognized as a superb and potent immune system tonic by modern researchers. Astragalus has been used for over 2000 years to strengthen the body as a whole. Astragalus is believed by the Oriental people to strengthen muscle and improve metabolic functions.

In Chinese philosophy, the metal element is directly connected to the body's defenses.  Astragalus plays an important role in this area and is used extensively where enhancing the persons immune system is needed.  It is used to tonify the "Protective Qi," known as Wei Qi in Chinese. This Protective Qi is a special kind of energy which circulates just under the skin and in the muscle. Protective Qi is a Yang energy.    In the Chinese combinations Astragalus is used to strengthen the immune system, healing of wounds, treat infections, winter colds, viruses, cancer, rejuvenate the digestive system, weakness of the lungs and regulate blood sugar.  

Astragalus is one of the adaptogens; an agent that increases your resistance to stress.  The more stress you are under the more the adaptogen helps your resistance.

Astragalus directly increases the level of interferon and antibodies.  It is known to increase strength, and vitality.  Where patients were undergoing chemotherapy, astragalus supported their liver and spleen functions protecting them against the chemical damage this treatment causes. 

Astragalus can increase the life span of cells.  Research has shown that Astragalus increases the strength of T-cells.  T-cells are the white blood cells of the body (called killer cells) that attack the invaders that cause disease in the body.  Where there are immune-deficiency related problems such as AIDS, cancer, and tumors; Astragalus is one of the herbs to turn to.

Medicinal Uses:

Adrenals, AIDS, Allergies, Arthritis, Blood Pressure (lowers), Cachexia (malnutrition), Cancer, Candida Albicans, Colds, Debility, Degenerative conditions, Diabetes, Digestion (strengthens), Edema, Epstein-Barr Virus, Fatigue, Flu, Heart Disease, Hepatitis, Hypertension, Immune System Function, Infections (chronic), Injuries (healing of), Kidneys, Lesions (chronic), Leukemia, Liver Conditions, Lungs (weak, short of breath), Malaria, Metabolism (rises), Muscle Spasms, Nephritis, Night Sweats, Prolapsed Organs, Spleen, Stress, Sweating (spontaneous), Thymus (T-cells), Ulcers, Urination (increases), Vaginitis, Weakness (long term), Wounds     

Sources: 
Little Herb Encyclopedia, by Jack Ritchason; N.D., Woodland Publishing Incorporated, 1995
Nutritional Herbology, by Mark Pedersen, Wendell W. Whitman Company, 1998
Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania 1987
The Ultimate Healing System, Course Manual, Copyright 1985, Don Lepore
 

 

 

 

 

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The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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