- Boosts the body’s protection from various types of stress;
- Protects the heart from oxidative stress;
- Reduces the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) – Huang Qi – is a plant which grows at the edge of forests in north-east China. The roots are harvested when the plants reach four or five years old, and are then dried and cut into thin strips from which tisanes can be produced.
Considered an excellent tonic, astragalus has been prescribed for hundreds of years to treat a wide range of diseases, prevent weakness in those who are ill and protect them from infection. Russian physician Dr Alexander van Bunge was the first to study and describe this species of legume in 1868 but it was only in the Seventies that large-scale scientific studies began to confirm its multiple properties.
Astragalus increases the number of stem cells in bone marrow and lymphatic tissue and promotes their development into active immune cells. It reactivates inactive immune cells, produces immunoglobulins, stimulates macrophages and encourages regeneration of T lymphocytes and the activation of Natural Killer Cells. In addition, it induces endogenous production of interferon and maximizes its effects on viral infections. Finally, astragalus is traditionally used in China as an adjunct support for patients undergoing chemotherapy, since it boosts resistance to the latter’s immunosuppressant effects by inciting macrophages to produce interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor. It is therefore well indicated for reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy and helps cancer patients boost their defenses and recover more quickly as well as offering the possibility of extended survival.
The benefits of astragalus go even further, with the potential to extend lifespan, as examination of its components indicates. It contains flavonoids, polysaccharides and triterpenic glycosides, including astragaloside and cycloastragenol which have been shown to stimulate telomerase in keratinocytes, fibroblasts and immune cells in culture and to lengthen the shortest telomeres. Astragaloside IV and cycloastragenol are state-of-the-art anti-ageing substances but their very high extraction costs may unfortunately prevent more widespread use. The glycerine extract of the whole plant is thus particularly beneficial since it not only contains these valuable substances at a reduced dose, but it also offers synergistic effects from the plant’s other components. More easily-absorbed than astragaloside IV or cycloastragenol, Astragalus Extract offers the promise of wide-ranging health benefits associated with its centuries-old traditional use.
|Daily dose: 23 drops
Number of doses per pack : 30
|Amount per dose|
|Extract of Astragalus membranaceus 10:1 standardised to 16% polysaccharides||70 mg|
|Other ingredients : water, glycerine.|