Astragalus Roots, Astragalus membranaceus
Astragalus is a plant within the Leguminosae (beans or legumes) family, with a very long history as an immune system booster and disease fighter. It is often overlooked growing low on the ground entwined with other weeds.
Traditional use of astragalus is especially useful for strengthening the body against viral infections of the respiratory tract and heart through stimulation of interferon production in the body. Studies show that it has helped cancer patients with weakened immune systems regain normal function. Helps build immune systems in people who get colds often.
The dried root in the form of tea, encapsulated or as an extract. Powder is mildly sweet and may be sprinkled on food or whipped into a shake or smoothie.
Most authorities on traditional Chinese medicine recommend taking 3 to 5 tablespoons of the whole herb per day as a decoction, made by boiling the ground, dried root in water for a few minutes. May also be taken in capsule or extract form.