Liquid extract of dried root.
considered nourishing to the vital force (“chi”) in Traditional
Chinese Medicine. General immune system tonic; increases
production and activity of undifferentiated immune cells, and
interferon. Builds blood. Promotes endurance and stamina. Liver
protective and restorative.
Quotes from The Natural Physician's Healing
Therapies by Mark Stengler, NMD pages 42-3.
is one of the best herbs in the world for enhancing
the protective efforts of the immune system. How
does it actually work? Similar to echinacea,
astragalus increase the levels of certain immune
cells that fight viruses and other microbial
intruders. This includes macrophages, which are
analogous to a Pac-man that swims around and ears
Natural killer cells
are also activated. These fearless warriors attack
and destroy cancer cells and viruses. This is
important considering cancer cells develop in our
bodies on a daily basis and are kept in check by our
stimulates the secretion of a powerful antiviral
chemical known as interferon, which prevents viruses
from replicating. One eye-opening study looked at 28
people over a two month period and their levels of
interferon. Compared with controls, those receiving
astragalus had a significant increase in the
production of interferon. In addition, the
interferon levels remained elevated for two months
after astragalus supplementation ended.
What I find
interesting is that, for many years now, medical
researchers have been trying to use synthetic
versions of interferon for immune system
enhancement. People with diseases like cancer and
hepatitis C are commonly given interferon, but many
are forced to discontinue using it because it
produces so many side effects. I would suggest that
it's time for researchers to focus on finding the
active constituents in herbs like astralagus that
stimulate the production of the body's own natural
interferon, instead of trying to artificially
duplicate it. More conventional studies using the
whole herb would be even better.
In addition, it's been
shown that astragalus has a supportive effect on
bone marrow, the core of the bones where white blood
cells mature. Animal studies have shown that
astragalus increases the army of white blood cells
that are needed to fight invading microbes.
boosts the levels of antibodies in the body.
Antibodies bind foreign invaders and signal the
immune system to destroy the most common
intruders-bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other
of Astragalus: As a convalescence tonic in recovery from illness,
general debility and weakness. Weak immune system and wasting
illness; protective of immune cells during chemo or radiation
treatments; prevent or moderate colds and flu. Strengthening
lung tonic; soothes coughs. Poor appetite. Anemia. Chronic liver
Herb Pharm Extraction Method:
To assure optimal extraction of Astragalus' bioactive compounds, the
roots are hand-harvested only in late autumn, are carefully shade-dried
to maintain their full aroma and color, and are then thoroughly
extracted. Herb Pharm's Astragalus is never fumigated or irradiated.
organic grain alcohol, distilled water & Astragalus extractives.
Dose: Take 30 to 40 drops, 3 or 4 times per day.
Cautions: Avoid or moderate use with acute inflammation or
This statement has not been
evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or
prevent any disease.
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