|ASTRAGALUS - Astragalus membranaceus
Traditional use: immune support, adaptogen, anti-allergy, general tonic, anti-viral
A popular herbal tonic in Chinese medicine, used to increase and improve the "wei chi" or protective energy that defends the body from attack by illness, chemicals, and environmental factors. Astragalus is classified as an adaptogen and deep immune tonic, working from the bone marrow outwards to support immune function and regulate the body's response to everyday stresses.
It has been used for all types of infections, immune deficiencies, allergies, and to normalize blood pressure and heart function. Its protective effects to the tissues and its boosting of immune-supporting substances have been demonstrated even in patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, on average doubling the life span of the patients who used it in one study.
Although Astragalus' components do not themselves attack cancer cells, the American Cancer Society credited a fluid extract of Astragalus with restoring normal immune response in 90% of the patients studied. Because of this pattern of immune support, Astragalus is also being studied for use against AIDS, and is showing promise in that research as well.
Also available as a Spagyric Spiritualized Essence for Energetic Balance, with more long-term and subtle-level protective and balancing effects.