Taking care of your health should always be a huge priority. Many people opt to incorporate supplements in their everyday lives to improve their immunity, maintain their health and even treat symptoms like anxiety and severe pain. Astragalus (astragalus propinquus) is a popular plant that people have used in medicine for a long time. So, what are the potential benefits of this flowering plant, and how should you consume it?
What is Astragalus?
Astragalus, commonly referred to as “Huang Qi,” is a flowering plant that falls into the Fabaceae family. Historically, people have used this plant medicinally, especially in China. Astragalus also comes in supplement form to treat a variety of symptoms and health conditions.
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Astragalus can be used for a variety of health conditions and symptoms. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), benefits of astragalus include treating symptoms of:
- Upper respiratory infections and lowering the risk of contracting one
- Hay fever
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic kidney disease
The NIH also states that astragalus can quicken wound healing, and improve the immune system, both things that are incredibly beneficial to people with severe health conditions or illnesses.
One study also suggests astragalus has anti-aging effects.
The NIH outlines a variety of potential side effects and warnings of consuming astragalus, which include but are not limited to:
- The possible interaction with other medications
- Toxicity to livestock
- Nasal issues
- Stomach issues
The NIH states the safety of using astragalus during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is unknown. Therefore, you should always consult your doctor before taking this supplement, especially if you take medication(s) or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How to Take Astragalus
There are different forms of astragalus, including:
- Powder, which you can add to smoothies or shakes
The supplemental form of astragalus is totally up to you. You may decide to take one type over the other based on your diet, exercise routine and other factors that interact with your health routine.
In some cases, taking astragalus in combination of additional herbs is a good idea.
Before taking astragalus, ask your doctor for personalized instructions regarding dosage. While most supplemental packaging will include dosing instructions, it is still smart to ask your doctor about the safest, healthiest dose for you.
While there are numerous potential benefits astragalus can provide, you should talk to a health professional before you start using it.
Furthermore, it is essential that you talk to your doctor if you believe you have a serious health condition. You may require treatment or medication, rather than a supplement.
When purchasing this supplement, look to the packaging for more information. You should look out for the following:
- What, if any, government labels the package has to determine the level of regulation and testing the product underwent
- Other ingredients in the product that you could be sensitive to
Disclaimer: This article does not constitute professional medical advice, nor can it replace the advice of a licensed professional.