Common and Biological name of Astralgus
Traditional Chinese Medicine for immunity, cancers, and hepatitis
◆ In legume family
◆ 300 species grow in North America; some toxic to livestock
An herb used in traditional Chinese medicine. The dried root is used medicinally. It is also known as an adaptogen.
Astralgus Health Benefits
Under study: potential benefits for immune system, liver,heart, and adjunctive cancer therapy
2005 Cochrane study: some immunestimulation and ↓N/V in colorectal cancer
Used in CAD and DM
Used in hepatitis, HIV,
hepato protection Chemotherapy
Astralgus Side Effects
*some astragalus species, mostly not found indietary supplements used, might be toxic.
Some species toxic levels of selenium and some contain neurotoxin swainsonine which has caused “locoweed” poisoning in animals.Dietary supplement astralgus is generally considered safe for most adults
DRUG INTERACTIONS may interact with immune suppressants, such as cancer drug cyclophosphamide and organ transplant drugs.
Diarrhea Bleeding: interacts with anticoagulants
Avoid in pregnancy and lactation
Avoid in immune disorders, transplants,bleeding disorders