The adaptogenic herb, Astragalus, has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, working beneficially on many body systems to bring back balance and healing. Here are just a few benefits of using Astragalus.
It boosts the immune system by increasing the number of stem cells in bone marrow, which then encourages them to develop into active immune cells. A study out of Beijing displayed its ability to control t-helper cells 1 and 2, essentially regulating the body’s immune responses.
Astragalus has been used as a liver cancer treatment in Chinese Medicine and can actually restore immune system in up to 90% of patients. Drinking a 4 oz. cup of Astragalus tea has been shown to reduce tumor size significantly. In addition, in instances of chemoresistance treating liver cancer, astragalus has shown potential in reversing multidrug resistance and as an addition to conventional chemotherapy, according to a study published in theJournal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
Possible Natural Treatment for Colds and Flus
There is evidence that suggests long term use of Astragalus may help prevent colds and relieve allergy symptoms such as runny nose, itching and sneezing, according to the Natural Comprehensive Database (NMCD). Given inavenously, it has shown promice of benefiting chronic hepatitis patients.
Astragalus also works on DNA cells called telomeres, which are responsible for how we age. Using Astragalus can promote free radical elimination, regrowth of tissues, and signs of aging.
Type II Diabetes
In Diabetic patients, Astragalus has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity, protect pancreatic beta cells (those cells that produce and release insulin), and act as an anti-inflammatory in areas related to diabetic symptoms, such kidney disfunction. Many of the herb’s phytochemicals work effectively in the natural treatment and regulation of Type I and Type II Diabetes. Due to these anti-diabetic effects, it may show promise as a potential treatment for Type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Andrew Weil says:
This is one of my favorite immune-boosting tonics. I recommend taking astragalus preventively through the flu season for its anti-viral effects – of my favorite ways to take it is as astragalus iced tea. This herb is nontoxic and can be used long-term to increase resistance.
Naturopathic Lifestyle Educator and Wellness Coach, Sonja Upham, received medical missionary training and lifestyle education at Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center in Alabama and Hallelujah Acres in North Carolina. She moved from her position as Webmaster and class lecturer at Uchee Pines back to North Carolina where she serves as Assistant Health Ministries Director at her local church, and Co-founder of HeavenScent Wholistic Health, along with her husband Dave. Furthering her education she attended Global College of Natural Medicine, receiving her Master Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner certifications. She is currently working towards her doctorate in Naturopathy.