Astragalus Herb Information
Astragalus root is an herb traditionally used in Chinese medicine to support the immune system. It is also said to be useful for treating and preventing several medical conditions, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many others.
Astragalus seems to have antioxidant activity and also appears to stimulate the immune system in several different ways, at least in laboratory studies. There is some evidence that astragalus (at least when given by IV) may stimulate stem cell production and specialization.
Early laboratory studies also indicate that the herb might work as an antibiotic and might also improve sperm motility. It is thought that astragalus might cause dilation of blood vessels and also increase the ability of the heart to pump blood (which could be a useful effect for a variety of different heart conditions).
Before you start using astragalus, information on the herb's safety should be thoroughly reviewed. It is important to know that supplements can be marketed in the United States without any proof that they are either safe or effective. Since astragalus supplements are not as closely regulated as medications, be sure to look for astragalus products from a reputable manufacturer.
(Click Astragalus for more information, including general dosing guidelines, details about the product's effectiveness, and other safety precautions for the supplement.)