Properties, Benefits and Uses of Astragalus
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Be a plant of Asian origin and whose scientific name is Astragalus membranaceus, It is a plant widely loved around the world and by naturalist medicine, due to its incredible benefits and properties.

The consumption of this plant, especially the root, is mainly associated with strengthening our body’s immune system, which is used to combat various conditions and ailments. So much so that in China, its consumption dates back to ancient times, being a plant known as Huang Qi.

Properties of astragalus

The main property of Astragalus is its ability to stimulate and strengthen the immune system. This is mainly due to the high content of polysaccharides present in astragalus. These polysaccharides are known to stimulate the production of a protein called “interferon” found in NK cells of the immune system, which is known to prevent the entry of viruses into our bodies.

Along with its immunostimulant properties, astragalus also protects the liver and improves digestive processes.

Astragalus is rich in components beneficial to the body, such as: glycosides, amino acids, minerals, polysaccharides and flavonoids. In addition, the saponins present in this plant act as blood pressure regulating components. Thus, they help to improve the health of our cardiovascular system.

In short, astragalus has a large number of properties and benefits, being that it works as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiviral, expectorant, diuretic, vasodilator, immunostimulant, wound-healing, hypotensive and anti-tumor compound.

Benefits of astragalus

  • It is an effective remedy for combating fatigue and fatigue caused by stress or anxiety.
  • It stimulates the appetite, its use is therefore recommended in people with eating difficulties.
  • It increases the ability of the immune system to cope with various diseases, thus improving the defense mechanisms of our body.
  • Astragalus root is a powerful natural remedy to fight diseases related to the cardiovascular system.
  • It helps lower blood pressure, which is why its consumption is recommended in patients with hypertension.
  • It is widely used to combat respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, colds, etc.
  • It is a powerful hepatic protector, and its consumption is recommended in patients with chronic hepatitis.
  • Astragalus root is believed to be an excellent adjuvant in fighting cancer because it increases the immune response of patients and can reduce toxic effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Because it is low in carbohydrates, its consumption is widely recommended in diabetic patients.
  • It helps to regulate the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides present in the blood.
  • It works as a treatment for male infertility.
  • It is excellent healing.
  • May neutralize allergy symptoms.
  • Since astragalus root has been shown to strengthen the immune system, its consumption is recommended in immunocompromised patients who suffer from diseases such as AIDS (HIV).
  • It helps fight insomnia.
  • It contains antioxidant properties which delay cellular aging and improve metabolic functions.

How is astragalus root eaten?

As it is a plant well known for its therapeutic benefits, it is possible to find it in the form of extracts already manufactured by pharmaceutical companies of natural medicine. These are easy to obtain and their consumption varies according to our tastes and needs.

If we want to use astragalus root directly, to improve the immune system of our body, the approximate consumption of 4 to 8 grams per day is recommended for adults weighing between 70 and 80 kilos. The important thing is not to exceed 28 grams of daily consumption, since in this case adverse effects can be obtained.

Astragalus root is usually eaten ground and added as a spice in various gastronomic preparations. Although you can also make infusions with the leaves or the root of this plant.

Contraindications of astragalus

Although this is a plant with few contraindications and usually does not produce any type of side effect, the following is recommended:

  • Moderate or no consumption in pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Consult your doctor before consuming this plant.
  • Do not consume in people with blood clotting problems, as this plant is known for its anticoagulant effects.
  • Avoid its consumption during the menstrual period, as it can increase bleeding.
  • It should be avoided in people with hypotension.

Always consult your doctor before starting any treatment with herbal remedies.