Herb of the Day: Astragalus

Herb Of The Day Astragalus

Astragalus is a sweet herb with rich history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  This root is  known as an adaptogen.  Adaptogens are herbs which help the body to respond and adapt to stress.  This could be a stressor from something outside like work, family, moving, etc. or an internal stressor such as an illness.  Herbalists often use astragalus with people for colds and allergies.  There is also research being conducted on the use of astragalus with HIV/ AIDS patients as it helps to strengthen the immune system and fight infection.  It is commonly used in teas, tinctures, capsules, and even food (it makes a delicious addition to broth and an astragalus infusion is often used to cook rice or other grains).

Uses

  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Eczema
  • Infection
  • Immune Support
  • Cancer
  • Allergies
  • Blood Disorders
  • Hepatitis
  • Lungs
  • Spleen Support
  • Adaptogen
  • HIV/ AIDS
  • Viruses
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Plant

Astragalus membranaceous is a member of the Fabaceae (aka pea) family and is native to China, Mongolia and Korea.  It is a perennial which is quite easy to grow.  Astragalus will grow 2-4 feet tall with bright green leaves growing in pairs.  Typically up to 18 pairs are found on a stem.  Beautiful small yellow flowers bloom in the summer which will then give way to seedpods.  Plant from seed in sandy, well-draining soil with partial to full sun and Astragalus will grow. Only requiring a moderate amount of water, this is a fairly easy plant to maintain.   Herbalists use the root which is typically not harvested until the plant is 3-5 years old.  The root can be used fresh or dried out.  

TriLight  Health and Astragalus

Astragalus is found in Lungs Plus, ALRG, Hep-C, Lung Tonic, NR Glow, Astragalus Root Single Extract

TriLight's Lung Plus

Lungs Plus contains herbs traditionally used during times of deep respiratory tract infections. Acting with expectorant and demulcent properties, these herbs may also expel mucus and soothe irritated throat and lungs.

 

TriLight's ALRGALRGwas created to address weak immune system and  hay fever-related allergies, supporting the lungs and the reduction of swelling in all affected tissues. This formula also helps expel mucus from the nose and lungs.

The goal of Hep-C is to stimulate the immune system to act directly on the infected cells and also to stimulate the liver to resist stress and to more effectively repair itself without scarring. This formula successfully addresses the wide range of considerations that prevents further infection and liver injury and helps to resolve this disease.

TriLight's Lung Tonic

Lung Tonic is our pregnancy-friendly respiratory support blend.   If you’re looking for a long term formula to help you breathe during allergies, hayfever, etc., this is the formula!

NR GlowTrILight's NR Glow has been used for chronic respiratory conditions, ear infections, swollen lymph nodes and tonsillitis. NR Glow is one of the all time favorites of our customers and is safe enough to use as a daily tonic

The Astragalus Root single extract can be taken daily as a tonic to build the immune and strengthen the lungs and respiratory functions.  

Have you ever heard of or used Astragalus?

 

Those with pea or bean allergies may also be allergic to astragalus.  Consult with your physician before use if taking immunosuppressive medications.

Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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