Latin Name: Astragalus propinquus
Other names: Astragale, Astragale à Feuilles de Réglisse, Astragale Queue-de-Renard, Astragale Réglissier, Astragali
Physical Description: Native to northern and eastern parts of China, as well as Japan, Mongolia, and Korea.
It grows along forest margins, on grassy hills and in shrub thickets along hillsides, but it is also found in thin open woods. It thrives in sandy, well-drained soil and full exposure to sunlight.
Uses: The common cold, upper respiratory infections, allergies, fibromyalgia, anemia, HIV/AIDS, and to strengthen and regulate the immune system. It is also used for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Safety Concerns: Doses of up to 30 grams/day by mouth for 3 months, 40 grams/day by mouth for 2 months, or 80 grams/day intravenously (by IV) for one month have been used safely. The side effects of astragalus are not known. If you have an autoimmune disorder do not use as Astragalus may make immune system more active.
Drug interactions: Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar), Lithium, Immunosuppressants
Always consult your physician before taking any medicinal products. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to see if the product is appropriate for you. If you experience any pain or adverse side-effects, stop and consult your healthcare provider immediately.