Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb, often used as a preventative measure against respiratory infections and digestive disturbances. It has been used since ancient Chinese times.
The plant's name comes from the Greek for anklebone. This is because, when its pods are dried, the seeds rattle inside and sound like dice. In ancient Greeks would use the anklebones of animals to make dice. From: Weil, A., et al. (2010). National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs. National Geographic. Washington D.C.
Astragalus has shown in human studies to boost immunity and have an antidiabetic effect. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Astragalus membranaceus
This legume shrub has pastel flowers that form into pods. The plant has thick roots.
The root is used. It is often combined with multiple other herbs in Chinese medicine. As a tea, 3-6 Tbsp of the dried chopped root can be simmered for 15 minutes, strained and drunk.
Flavonoids, saponins, polysaccharides, and triterpenoids such as astragalosides