What is Astragalus and What Does It Do?
Although relatively unknown in the West, Astragalus root has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine; and to great effect. Researched since the early 80’s, Astragalus has been shown to increase the number of hunter T-Cells, leukocytes and interferon in the blood, all of which help to inhibit foreign substances and disease.
U.S studies have also shown that Astragalus is an ‘adaptogenic’ herb, which means it has the ability to promote homeostasis or to stabilize physiological processes. In the case of Astragalus it is an adaptogen for the immune system.
Astragalus has the ability to seek out rogue cells, viruses, bacteria and other pathogens that may invade the body. Due to this, Astragalus has also been shown to boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in cancer patients.
In one Italian study breast cancer patients were given a combination of Astragalus and Ligustrum herb. Overall, the results showed a startling reduction in mortality from 50% to 10%. This herb is revered for its ability to boost the immune system. When cancer patients undergo chemotherapy, most often, the drugs used cause the body to produce less red and white blood cells. This makes cancer patients more susceptible to infection and general illness that can quickly become serious. Astragalus enables the body to boost its white blood cell count, produce more antibodies and natural killer cells, strengthen its antiviral immunity, and increase the production of interferon.
Based on research conducted at the University of Houston, the use of astragalus enhances the ability of T-cells and natural killer cells to destroy tumors. It activates interleukin-2, which kills cancer cells and helps relieve the side effects of chemotherapy such as immunosuppression, fatigue, nausea, weight loss, and overall weakness.
There are many other reasons that you might want to take Astragalus. These may include, but are not limited to:
• Reduces metastatic spread of cancer thus increasing survival rates
• Helps with heart disease and high blood pressure by helping to dilate arteries
• Reduces inflammation
• Aids digestion
• Improves liver function
• Boosts the immune system in many different ways
• Minimizes the side-effects of chemotherapy
• Used for centuries as a treatment for allergies, colds, flus and respiratory conditions
• Has been used successfully in kidney disease