LATIN NAME: Astragalus membranaceous
COMMON NAMES: Astragalus, milk vetch
PARTS USED: Root
Decoction, food, tincture
Adaptogen, Immunomodulant, Antioxidant, Cardiotonic, Hepatic
Tincture: 4-8 mL tincture (1:5 in 40%), 3 times per day Decoction: 2-4 tsp dried astragalus in 1 cup boiling water, infused 10-15 minutes, 3 times per day. Dosage information from Medical Herbalism by David Hoffmann.
Astragalus membranaceous is safe and no toxicity has been shown for daily use of the herb. Astragalus membranaceous may be incompatible with immunosuppressive drugs (Hoffmann, 2003), and is contraindicated for patients with late-stage Lyme disease as it may exacerbate the autoimmune response (Buhner, 2013). Always buy astragalus plants, medicinal preparations, and dried material from reputable sources as other species can be dangerous.
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