Astragalus, which is also known as Astragalus Membranaceus, has been used for thousands of years, and it is commonly found within Traditional Chinese Medicine. This herb is a perennial plant, which can grow up to 36-inches tall, and is native to Korea, Mongolia and northeastern sections of China. Due to its popularity in Traditional Chinese Medicine, there has been a recent increase in people interested in taking this plant to cure certain ailments.
Traditionally, astragalus is used in conjunction with other medicinal herbs to enhance the immune system’s response to disease as well as to help reduce the amount of emotional/mental and physical stress.
Astragalus features a high level of antioxidants, which are compounds used by the body to help prevent damage caused by free radicals. Because of this, astragalus has been traditionally used to help treat cancer, high blood pressure, liver damage as well as to reduce the severity of internal infections.
Another ingredient found within astragalus are antibacterial agents. These agents can help reduce inflammation due to bacteria as well as help sterilize wounds when used externally. One of the more promising uses of astragalus is the use to help boost the immune system within chemotherapy patients. The University of Maryland states that those who have used astragalus during chemotherapy could expect longer life expectancy as well as help speed up the recovery process.
To take astragalus for medicinal purposes, only consume the root of this plant. Astragalus is available in capsule/tablet form as well as in cream form for topical applications. If you are interested in taking astragalus for medicinal use, consult this herb with your physician. This is especially important if you are currently taking any medications or undergoing specific treatments for a medical condition.