Astragalus is a perennial herb originally comes from China but it has quickly integrated itself into western herbalism. In a recent poll of practicing herbalists, it placed as 16th in the top 50 herbs commonly used by western herbalists. Astragalus is considered to be a sweet tonic herb that is slightly warming when consumed as tea. Astragalus root, as well as specific constituents of astragalus, has been studied extensively in the west and in China for applications against cancer, heart disease, blood sugar imbalances and even longevity. One early study suggested astragalus may improve blood counts in people with aplastic anaemia. The study was poorly designed, so more research is needed.
It contains antioxidants, which protect cells against damage. Astragalus is used to protect and support the immune system, preventing colds and upper respiratory infections, lowering blood pressure, treating diabetes, and protecting the liver. Astragalus may also be a mild diuretic, meaning it helps rid the body of excess fluid so its tea is even more beneficial as this property helps to remove toxins from the body and also help to decrease body fat.
Astragalus tea can easily be made at home using dried astragalus root. Astragalus root can be used in detoxification, white blood cell stimulation, and anti-aging formulas. It can also help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. The tea is a rich source of 14 minerals, including iron and zinc. It also contains several amino acids, flavonoids, choline, folic acid, several vitamins, and many other healthful ingredients.
Astragalus is generally considered a safe tea for most people to drink. Children who are experiencing a fever should not take the herbal medicine until the sickness is completely gone. Like with most herbs, it is important to know the safety concerns regarding the use of astragalus. People who are suffering from autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, type1 diabetes or systemic lupus erythematosus are advised against using this herb unless prescribed by a doctor.