Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
Definition: Rich in polysaccharides, astragalus supports T-cell function and is considered an excellent immune system stimulant.
Applications: AIDS, hepatitis, viral infections, peripheral vascular diseases, immune disorders, influenza, hypertension and myasthenia gravis.
Scientific Updates: Astragalus contains various unique chemical compounds which have made it one of the most impressive Oriental health-promoting botanicals. Asian practitioners have used astragalus for a compromised immune system, viral infections of all kinds and for high blood pressure. Recent studies have found that astragalus may be useful for cases of myasthenia gravis.
Complementary agents: Echinacea, boneset, garlic, essential fatty acids, hawthorn, ginseng and schizandra.