Astragalus Uses for Cancer Treatment and as an Immune System Booster
There is considerable research on the Astragalus’ ability to support the body’s immune system, particularly in cancer patients.
Studies have shown that cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy recover faster, have prolonged life expectancy and are better able to withstand the side effects of modern cancer treatments when given astragalus.
It is thought that the presence of saponin, polysaccharides (astragalin I, II and III) and triterpenes in this herb encourage the bone marrow to produce more white cells as well as enhance white blood cell function. Astragalus may also increase the effects of platinum-based chemotherapy drugs such as cisplatin.
Astragalus root is regarded to have antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is thought it may stimulate the body to produce interferons, which are proteins that trigger the immune system to respond to a foreign invasion.
Astragalus Root May Help Protect the Heart
This herb contains antioxidants, which may protect cells against damage by free radicals.
It has been theorized that the plant’s antioxidants content can make it useful as a treatment (in conjunction with conventional therapy) for people with severe forms of heart disease.
It was used to treat patients suffering from Coxsackie B viral myocarditis, and it was found that these patients had improved natural killer cell activity. It may be beneficial in the repair of the heart muscle.