Astragalus membranaceus, or more simply astragalus, is a herbaceous plant native to China whose roots offer various beneficial properties.
The term astragalus indicates a group of plants, which grows mainly in temperate climates, which includes more than two thousand species . The variant that we are going to explore today is Astragalus membranaceus , a herbaceous plant native to China , where it responds to the name of huáng qí.
The Astragalus membranaceus , which we will call astragalus for simplicity, has several beneficial properties , which can be used on several occasions: let’s find out.
The properties of the talus
Most of the studies conducted on this plant have shown the immunostimulating properties of astragalus. In fact, it manages to stimulate the immune system (which can also be strengthened through the use of essential oils ) in different ways thanks to the presence of a particular type of polysaccharides , contained in its roots .
In particular, huáng qí increases the production of stem cells and immunoglobulins and activates the T lymphocytes. The result is a greater defense ability by the body against viruses and cooling diseases . Furthermore, it appears that it is capable of carrying out an anti-tumor action.
Finally, astragalus has excellent tonic properties , which have always been used in the Chinese tradition. In particular, it would be able to combat physical stress , increasing the resistance threshold of those who use it.
Uses and contraindications for talus
The part of the talus that is used by those who want to take advantage of its benefits are the roots . From them it is possible to obtain a powder for herbal teas , easily available on the market. To prepare a herbal tea with astragalus you will need to obtain a quantity of water equal to a cup or a glass. Once the water has reached the boiling point, turn off the heat and add a teaspoon of herbal tea powder. After letting it brew for about 15 minutes, you can filter and drink it. The recommended dose varies from 1 to 3 cups per day depending on the subject.
There is also the mother tincture of astragalus on the market. You can use it, using about twenty drops a day, between meals, to strengthen your immune system (the same action is also performed by the herbal tea).
The studies conducted so far have shown no side effects , except for a slight drop in pressure. It is advisable not to consume it during pregnancy, while breastfeeding or if you are using drugs that have the same effects as the plant.
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