Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), also known as Huang Qi, is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb recognized for its profound health-promoting properties.

This plant, especially its roots, has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to boost vitality and fight disease.

Astragalus benefits

  • Astragalus is best known for its role in aiding the immune system. It has been traditionally used to ward off infections and strengthen the body’s defences against illness.
  • Astragalus is believed to support heart health.
  • Astragalus has also been noted for its protective effects on the liver, helping to shield this vital organ from toxins and inflammation.

One notable supplement example is TA-65, a compound derived from the astragalus root, which is studied for its potential to activate telomerase, an enzyme associated with cell longevity. However, long-term use of such highly purified compounds at high doses poses potential risks, including an increased chance of cancer, due to their ability to prolong the life span of cells, including potentially pre-malignant ones.

Given this, it is critical to use this herb under the guidance of a healthcare professional, particularly in contexts involving long-term use or high doses.


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