Astragalus Benefits | Immune Health, Energy and Longevity

Astragalus Health Benefits

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) has a long history in Traditional Chinese Medicine, commonly referred to as "Huang qi", which means "yellow leader". It has a sweet taste and is a warming tonic beneficial for increasing stamina and endurance. Astragalus is often combined with other herbs as a blood tonic.

Astragalus Pharmacology

Botanical Name

Astragalus membranaceus

Other Common Names

Huang Qi, Milk Vetch, Bei Qi and Hwanggi

Part Used


Main Therapeutic Compounds

Triterpene saponins (astragolosides), Isoflavonoids (formonentin), Polysaccharides& Phytosterols

Herbal Actions

Immune stimulant
Antiviral (Not for use during acute illness)

Astragalus Herbal Benefits

Adaptogen ||  Immune Support || Stress Relief ||
Energy || Longevity & Vitality


Astragalus has a long history as a potent immune-boosting herb. It stimulates the immune system, increases white blood cells, and supports antibody production, supporting the body's resistance to viruses and bacteria. Numerous clinical studies have shown Astragalus to encourage an increase in immune cells such as T-cells, natural killer cells, macrophages and immunoglobulin activity.

Adaptogen & Energy Boosting

Astragalus has adaptogenic actions, which helps the body adapt to physical and mental stressors, assisting overall health and vitality. It is beneficial for adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), post-viral fatigue and reducing the occurrence of common colds.


For centuries, Astragalus has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for longevity, restoring vital energy, and strengthening the body. Current research shows that Astragalus has potent anti-ageing properties and slows the ageing process of cells.
The saponin, Astragaloside IV, has shown benefits in reversing cell damage and in triggering telomerase, which prevents telomere shortening and slows down cellular ageing.
A telomere is the protective end of a chromosome. Telomeres are made of repetitious sequences of DNA that protect our chromosomes from damage. Each time a cell divides, the telomeres shorten and wear out. Eventually, the telomeres become so short that cell division stops and tissues quickly degrade. Current research suggests that Astragalus may protect telomeres from shortening and help manage degenerative disease and ageing.

Astragalus Typical Use

Tea & Infusion

2.5-4 grams daily in capsule, tablet or powder form.

Tincture & Liquid Extract

Typical use of Astragalus tincture or liquid extract is approximately 10mls daily, or as directed by your practitioner. Astragalus root is most effective when taken long term.

Herbal Combinations

Combines well with Siberian Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Reishi Mushroom, Rehmannia & Licorice.

Cautions & Safety

Avoid during acute infections and illnesses.
Not recommended during preconception, pregnancy and lactation..
If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical medications, please consult your primary healthcare practitioner prior to use.


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