Also called Milk Vetch, Yellow Vetch or Huang Chi, Astragalus is one of those herbs with a very long history of use.
Apparently, patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation live longer and are more resistant to secondary infections when using Astragalus.
It can help ameliorate bone marrow depression and gastrointestinal toxicity resulting from those two protocols.
It is considered beneficial for the wei chi, the body's inherent protective energy. Astragalus stimulates interferon production, macrophage activity and antibody response and also inhibits free radicals.
Astragalus reduces T suppresser cells.
It also enhances the function of the adrenal cortex.
It helps to build the blood and lowers blood sugar levels in diabetics.
The common name Astragalus also includes the species Astragalus mongolicus, Astragalus chinensis, and Astragalus complanatus, which are used interchangeably with Astragalus membranaceus
You can cook Astragalus root into immune building soups with garlic, onions, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and miso.
Packet of 20 seeds - $4.50
Dried root is also available on this page.