Perfect for: Preventing colds, respiratory & viral infections, strengthening the immune system
Botanical name: Astragalus membranaceus
Botanical family: Fabaceae
Part of plant used: Root
Active substances: Astragalosides, Polysaccharides, Flavonoids
Astragalus is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral activities as well as for its benefits on the immune system. Astragalus is used as an antiviral: its immunosuppressive properties make it one of the best allies to prevent colds and respiratory tract infections, as well as to fight against viral infections. This root also improves heart function, and protects the liver and kidneys.
Astragalus root holds a very important place in traditional Chinese medicine where it is also known as Huang Qi. His Chinese name translates to "yellow leader" as a nod to his yellow roots.
Due to its incredible healing abilities, Astragalus is the star of tonic herbs. This root is often affectionately referred to as "Young Ginseng" and is indicated for immune dysfunction, vulnerability to infection, lack of energy or appetite, or fatigue.
Find in: Immunity
Study which examines the pharmacology and toxicology of Astragalus