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astragalus

[ə′strag·ə·ləs]
(anatomy)
The bone of the ankle which articulates with the bones of the leg. Also known as talus.
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astragalus

A life-prolonging adaptogenic, vasodilator, anti-viral, anti-cancer antibacterial immunity-stimulating herb that produces extra interferon in the body. Used with cancer therapies because it counteracts the immune suppressing effects of cancer drugs and radiation. Extremely useful remedy for physical weakness and drained energy conditions like chronic fatigue, candida, herpes, hypoglycemia and exhaustion. Works great when used together with Ginseng. Great for spleen and lungs, increases “life energy” and stamina. Good for reducing night sweats and fluid retention. Vasodilating properties help noticeably lower blood pressure, improve circulation, break up blood clots to prevent heart disease. Boosts burned out adrenals for energy, helps normalize nervous system, balance hormones. Very good for lungs, respiratory conditions and helping regenerate bronchi cells. Beneficial to gastrointestinal tract. The root is the medicinally used part, and isn’t ready to be used until the 4th or 5th year of plant growth. Hairy stems with leaves made up of 12 - 18 pairs of leaflets. Other species of astragalus can be poisonous, but Astragalus membranaceus has no detrimental components and is used worldwide medicinally. Very popular in China. Sliced roots available in most chinese herbal stores. Unripe fleshy seed pods resemble green plums and are edible.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Astragalus

 

a genus of plants of the Leguminosae family. The plants are annual or perennial grasses, subshrubs, and more rarely lowbushes and bushes with complex, aperipinnate leaves. The flowers are in axil racemes and in capitate, spicate, or almost umbulate clusters. There are about 2,000 species, which grow primarily in the dry regions of the northern hemisphere. There are over 900 species in the USSR, chiefly in Middle Asia and the Caucasus. The stems of spiny bushes and lowbushes of the subgenus tragacanth plant contain gum which is used in the textile and paper industries, as well as in others. Many species are good fodder plants, and some are now cultivated. Infusions of the woolly-pod species of astragalus are used in medicine for heart and circulatory disorders and nephritis.

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Derev’ia i kustarniki SSSR, vol 4. Moscow-Leningrad, 1958.
Atlas lekarstvennykh rastenii SSSR. Moscow, 1962.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Astragali Radix: HR, Hedysari Radix; DBT, Danggui Buxue Tang; TCM, traditional Chinese medicine.
1), 3-O-beta-D-xylopyranosyl-6-O-beta-D-glucopyranosyl-cycloastragenol, has been regarded as one of the typical and active constituents of Radix Astragali and is chosen as the active marker for the quality control of Radix Astragali in Chinese Pharmacopeia (2010).
DBT1155) was revealed, which composed of four herbs: Angelicae Sinensis Radix (ASR), Astragali Radix (AR), Jujuba Fructus (JF) and Zingiberis Rhizoma Recens (ZRR) in a weight ratio of 12:10:5:4.
Zhao, "Pharmaceutical properties of calycosin, the major bioactive isoflavonoid in the dry root extract of Radix astragali," Pharmaceutical Biology, vol.
Of all the hepatoprotective herbal medicines, Fructus Schisandrae and Radix Astragali are the most widely used in the prevention and treatment of liver injury, and these two herbal drugs have been developed into various healthy foods (Feng et al.
Cao, "Post-marketing safety monitoring of Shenqifuzheng injection: a solution made of Dangshen (Radix Codonopsis) and Huangqi (Radix Astragali Mongolici)," Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, vol.
Astragali radix is a herbal medicine used as an adjuvant extensively in the treatment of various cancers of lung, digestive tract, urinary system, etc.
A previous study reported that the combined use of Angelica sinensis and other CHMs such as Astragalus membranaceus and Astragali radix exerted antifibrosis effects and were associated with improvements in ischemic microvasculature and renal interstitial fibrosis [29].
Absorption and metabolism of Astragali Radix decoction: in silico, in vitro, and a case study in vivo.
Lai et al., "Extracts from Radix Astragali and Radix Rehmanniae promote keratinocyte proliferation by regulating expression of growth factor receptors," Phytotherapy Research, vol.