Ingredient Spotlight

Astragalus / Huang Qi

Why we Love it

Astragalus is a powerful adaptogen that can flexibly support our body’s ability to adapt to environmental and life stressors.

Helps with:

  • Stress

  • Insomnia

  • Allergies

  • Cold & Flu

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How it Heals

In Chinese medicine, Astragalus is used to “invigorate vital energy (Qi)” and strengthen bodily resistance to disease. It also strengthens the spleen and raises the Yang Qi of the spleen and stomach. 

In Western terms, Astragalus is an adaptogen, which is any herb that can change its function depending on the specific needs of the body. Specifically, Astragalus is a key medicinal herb for the treatment of gynecological diseases, including menstrual disorders, female genital pain, menopausal disorders, etc. 

Fun fact: In TCM, Astragalus is believed to prolong life!

How we use it

"Astragalus is best known as a deep immune tonic, traditionally used to enhance the "periphery" so that wind (considered a pathogen in Chinese medicine) and other invasions are kept at bay."

- Dr Liem Le, DAOM, MS

What the research says

The major bioactive constituents of Astragalus are triterpene glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, and alkaloids, and these compounds mostly exert pharmacological activities on the cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, and hepatic systems.
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Evidence suggests that Astragalus possesses both immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory/immune-regulatory effects clinically.
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Pharmacological research indicates that the extract component of Astragalus membranaceus can increase telomerase activity, and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory, anticancer, hypolipidemic, antihyperglycemic, hepatoprotective, expectorant, and diuretic effects.
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Astragalus membranaceus is a Chinese medicinal herb, the root of which can be used to strengthen human immunity. 5-FU exerted a significant drop of WBC count with marked reduction of hematocrit.
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