Astragalus has been used traditionally in numerous parts of the world to improve a variety of bodily functions and ailments. It acts as a tonic to protect the immune system. It also aids adrenal gland function and digestion. It has also been known to increase metabolism, produce spontaneous sweating, promote healing, and provide energy to combat fatigue and prolonged stress. Astragalus is also good for colds, flu, and immune-deficiency-related problems, including AIDS, cancer, and tumors. It is also effective for chronic lung weakness.
“Oxidative stress plays a key role in the pathogenesis of various diseases. Antioxidants protect the cells and tissues from oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals and reactive oxygen species. These antioxidants may be endogenous or exogenous. Plants are considered as potential and powerful exogenous source of antioxidants. Astragalus species (spp.), especially Astragalus membranaceus, have a long history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese medicine. Specifically, constituents of the dried roots of Astragalus spp. (Radix Astragali) provide significant protection against heart, brain, kidney, intestine, liver and lung injury in various models of oxidative stress-related disease. Different isolated constituents of Astragalus spp., such as astragalosides, flavonoids and polysaccharides also displayed significant prevention of tissue injury via antioxidant mechanisms.”
Shahzad, Muhammed, and Arham Shabbir, et al. “The Antioxidant Effect of Radix Astragali (Astragalus Membranaceus and Related Species) in Protecting Tissues from Injury and Disease.” in Current Drug Targets. Vol. 17, no 12, 2016.
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