ASTRAGALUS: Derived from a Chinese Herbal medicine and acts as an immune system builder. A plant in the legume family, the root of this plant activates the liver to produce a substance called interferon. Interferon holds tightly to the surface of body cells and causes them to produce the body’s own antibodies (proteins) which kill viruses and viral infections. Astragalus, with its ability to kill viruses, can be very helpful as a treatment for the common cold. Also used topically for wound healing pus is expelled from wounds to improve healing. Astragalus also helps to improve appetite where needed, and either cause the skin to sweat and expel poisons or, if perspiration is unwarranted, reduce it. Astragalus strengthens digestion, repairs chronic lung problems, reduces fluid swellings, provides energy by being an adrenal gland nutrient and increases circulation. Astragalus and another Chinese herb, Dong Quai (Chinese Angelica), can also be combined for this purpose.

COMMON NAMES: Mouthroot, Canker Root, Yellow Root.


Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Galegeae
Subtribe: Astragalinae
Genus: Astragalus

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