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Astragalus

 

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Astragalus, the largest genus of vascular plants on Earth. The flowering plant genus Astragalus common names "milkvetch" or "locoweed", (family Fabaceae or Leguminosae). Astragalus comprehends the bulk of a secondary radiation into cool temperate semi-arid and arid continental regions of the world, specializing on edaphic conditions and extreme microhabitats inhospitable to many other angiosperms. Many species are constringe endemics, often found in marginal habitats or to those requiring edaphic specializations, while relatively few are widespread.

Astragalus is especially motley in southwest Asia. Astragalus ( Astragalus membranaceus) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to promote the discharge of urine, lower blood pressure, and increase endurance. Medically, it is used primarily for basic digestive disorders such as diarrhea, gas, and bloating, as well as chronic phlegm production. This herb is also used for its immune enhancing properties, especially for the deterrentment and treatment of the common cold and chronic hepatitis. Astragalus is a perennial plant, about 16 inches tall, which is congenital to the northern and eastern parts of China as well as Mongolia. It has hairy stems having leaves made up of 12 to 18 pairs of leaflets.

The root is usually corollaried from 4-year-old plants. Astragalus may offer antioxidant advantages in people with severe forms of heart disease, relieving symptoms and improving heart function. The dried root is used clinically. Traditional uses comprise the treatment colds and influenza, continual infection, fever, night sweats, multiple allergies, shortness of breath, chronic fatigue, fatigue or lack of appetite associated with chemotherapy, anemia, wounds, stomach ulcers, uterine bleeding and prolapsed uterus. It is also used to treat general digestive commotions, including diarrhea, gas, and bloating.

Astragalus has prophylactic effect on ischemia/reperfusion injury. May be beneficial in congestive heart failure. Astragalus has been shown to enhance certain visages of the immune system, and may have some anti- HIV activity in laboratory studies. It's complicated to know at this time whether astragalus would have anti-HIV activity when ingested as a supplement. Astragalus may be affective in diabetic nephropathy.