The plant is used as an herbal treatment for
physical exhaustion and as an energy tonic,though it is less well-known than
ginseng remedies.It is ofen combined with ginseng to treat
general fatigue or fatigue associated with conditions such as chronic fatigue
syndrome,infections such as candidiasis and herpes simplex virus,mononucleosis
There is condiserable research on the herb's
ability to support the body's immune system,particularly in cancer patients.
Studies have shown that cancer patients
undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy recover faster,have prolonged life
expectancy and are better able to withstand the side effects of modern cancer
treatments when given astragalus.
thought that the presence of saponin, polysaccharides (astragalan I, II and
III) and triterpenes in this herb encourage the bone marrow to produce more
white cells as well as enhance white blood cell function. Astragalus may also
enhance the effects of platinum-based.
has both antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is thought it may stimulate
the body to produce interferons, which are proteins that trigger the immune
system to respond to a foreign invasion.
is therefore a natural means of strengthening the body against infection and
disease and is useful as a preventative treatment during cold and flu season.
This herb contains antioxidants, which protect
cells against damage by free radicals. This may make it a natural treatment (in
conjunction with conventional treatment) for people with severe forms of heart
It was used to treat patients suffering from
Coxsackie B viral myocarditis and it was found that these patients had improved
natural killer cell activity. It may be beneficial in the repair of the heart
Saponins present in astragalus have
anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive functions. They also make this herb a
natural diuretic useful in treating fluid retention disorders including edema.
This herb has been used as a natural remedy for
prolapsed organs, particularly the uterus. It has been found to be beneficial
in cases of uterine bleeding or excessive bleeding during the menstrual cycle.