Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Herb 101 - Astragalus

The roots of astragalus have been usedbyu Chinese herbalist for more than two thousand years and is believe to be the most important and most popular herb for invigorating vital energy health promotion and strengthening Qi. It is also used as emulsifier, food thickener and anti-diarrhoeal agent.

It most cases, Astragalus is used as anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic, improved digestion, improved sperm motility and Hepatoprotective actions. It is also used to facilitate chemotherapy for cancer patients to reduce associated side effects.

Dosage limit;
  • Dried root = 2 to 30 grams per day
  • Liquid extract or solid dose = 4.5 to 8.5 ml per day
  • Decoction = 8 to 12 grams divided into two doses daily on an empty stomach

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