Astagalus root is used in both traditional Chinese and Western herbalism as an immune tonic. Modern research has examined Astragalus' benefit to specific and nonspecific immunity. This herb stimulates the body's immune action against viruses, has a mild antibiotic action and increases the activity of white blood cells. These properties would make it relevant when considering your choices if experiencing recurring colds, debilitating viral infections and chronic illnesses such as glandular fever, chronic fatigue syndrome and Ross River and AIDS.
Astragalus root may also strengthen digestion, raise metabolism, and assist in the healing of wounds. It has been found to be useful for chronically weak lungs and low energy levels.
Preparation: 2-4 teaspoons per cup, simmer 15 minutes, take 3 times daily
Seek a professional's advice before using Astragalus if taking immunosuppressive medication.