Astragalus Root powderAstragalus is also called huang qi or milk vetch.
Astragalus appears to work by stimulating the immune system. It has antioxidant effects that inhibit free radical production. In the body, free radicals damage cells and are linked to many health problems associated with aging.
Astragalus contains three components that allow the plant to have such a positive impact on human health: saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides, which are all active compounds contained in certain plants, including some fruits and vegetables. Saponins are known for their ability to lower cholesterol, improve the immune system and prevent cancer. Flavanoids, also found in astragalus, provide health benefits through cell signaling. They show antioxidative qualities, control and scavenge of free radicals, and can help prevent heart disease, cancer and immunodeficiency viruses. Polysaccharides are known to have antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory capabilities, among other health benefits.
Pregnant or nursing women should not use astragalus root. If you have an immune system disease such as multiple sclerosis, lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, or another condition known as an "autoimmune disease", you should not use astragalus root.
You should take astragalus root preparations with a full glass of water. Drugs.com recommends drinking extra fluids with this herbal medicine, as it can cause a blockage in your esophagus or bowels. Do not take astragalus root for more than seven consecutive days unless your physician instructs otherwise.
Dosage: A tea containing 6 to 12 g of dried root in 12 ounces of water can be used three times daily
Astragalus root should only be given to a child under your healthcare provider's direct supervision, and it should never be given to a child with a fever. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that the pediatric dosage is calculated using the standard adult dosage based on a 150-lb. individual. For example, a child weighing 50 lbs. would take 1/3 the adult dosage, and a child weighing 35 lbs. would take about 1/4 the adult dose.