astragalus membranaceus

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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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Effects of [beta]-glucan obtained from the Chinese herb Astragalus membranaceus and lipopolysaccharide challenge on performance, immunological, adrenal, and somatotropic responses of weanling pigs.
Finally, extracted polysaccharides and saponins from Astragalus membranaceus have been shown both in vitro and in vivo to stimulate NK-cell activity and PBL proliferation (Sun 1983).
Preliminary observations on the effects of the Chinese medicinal herbs Astragalus membranaceus and Ligustrum lucidum on lymphocyte blastogenic response.
The total saponins of Astragalus membranaceus can significantly inhibit the membrane lipid peroxidation generated by superoxide ([O.
They tested the effects of saponins, isolated from Astragalus membranaceus and Astragalus sieversianus, against chemical injury induced by [CCl.
Swainsonine, an extract from Astragalus membranaceus, is known for its anti-cancer -effects and could prevent metastases.
A study on the immune receptors for polysaccharides from the roots of Astragalus membranaceus, a Chinese medicinal herb.
1994) have shown the direct inhibition of the tumor growth of murine and renal carcinoma after treatment with Astragalus membranaceus extract.
Zhao XZ (1992) Effects of Astragalus membranaceus and Tripterygium hypoglancum on natural killer cell activity of peripheral blood mononuclear in systemic lupus erythematosus.