Astragalus (astragalus membrinaceus) is an herb commonly used in traditional Asian medicine. The plant is raised for its roots, which are believed to be an energy tonic. The roots are often dried and eaten in powdered form.
The astragalus plant has multiple long, thin stems and blooms with dozens of tiny purple flowers that often have white streaks at the bottom.
The astragalus root is believed to impart energy and vitality.
Chinese medicine recommends consuming 9 to 15 grams of astragalus root each day. The root can be dried and boiled in water, which is used to make a tea that is believed to be beneficial to health. The powdered root can also be taken in the form of a capsule or sprinkled on food.
Western medicine has conducted studies on astragalus root, and it is suspected to be an immune system booster, according to the American Cancer Society. It may also be a useful treatment for fighting cancer.
Dried astragalus root has been used in China for more than 2,000 years to raise energy levels and fight heart disease, cancer and kidney disease. It is currently being studied as a way to treat chemotherapy side effects.
- American Cancer Society: Astragalus
- Mountain Rose Herbs: Astragalus Root Profile
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