It is the root, removed in the spring time on a plant of 4 to 7 years then dried, which is used to prepare the mother tincture.
50 to 80 drops of the mother tincture, 3 times daily for an adult.
Traditional Chinese medicine attaches great importance to Astragalus in its therapeutic arsenal. It is used as a tonic to treat various diseases and to prevent a patient from weakening while protecting him/her from infections. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that it creates a sort of shield against infections. Astragalus is therefore recommended to prevent respiratory infections in particular. It is also an ingredient of many traditional medicinal preparations used in China, Japan and elsewhere in Asia.
Astragalus membranaceus is currently used in China, in cases of cancer, cardiac or hepatic disorders, serious abdominal trauma, tuberculosis and aplastic anemia. According to the Chinese, Astragalus can reduce nausea, vomiting and immune deficiency associated with anti-cancer chemotherapy, while increasing its efficiency.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Astragalus is used for:
- Preventing respiratory infections that are either bacterial or viral.
- Treating allergic rhinitis, chronic bronchitis, flu and repeated colds.
- Stimulating the immune system: according to Chinese data, Astragalus stimulates the immune system and protects cancer patients against opportunistic infections. In healthy subjects, the plant activates the production of cells of the immune system.
- Supporting people:
- weakened by illness
- simply aging
- suffering from chronic diseases.
- Stimulating appetite and restoring energy in convalescents, women suffering from postpartum depression, the chronically ill and the elderly.
- Reducing stress: it is an adaptogeen plant like Ginseng or Eleutherococcus. It promotes the proper functioning of the adrenal glands and is opposed to fatigue states.
- Stimulating cardiac function: lowers blood pressure and improves microcirculation.
Prolonged use of high doses may have an immunosuppressive effect.
People who suffer from autoimmune diseases or who have received a transplant should avoid taking this.
Insufficient data also discourages its use for pregnant or lactating women.
As it is a yang tonic plant, Astragalus membranaceus is contraindicated in cases of yin deficiency.
Mild gastrointestinal disorders or allergic reactions may occur occasionally.
Astragalus can complement other plants or immunostimulant supplements. Theoretically, the effects of Astragalus may oppose those of immunosuppressants.