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Also known as HuángQí, astragalus has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine and belongs to the pea family of plants. The root of the astragalus plant has been used for thousands of years as an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to changing conditions. It also has a long history as an immune system booster and for its ability to help fight disease.

Astragalus has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to reduce inflammation and the risk of chronic inflammatory disease. It’s particularly well used for this purpose in diabetic kidney disease. Used as a tincture, astragalus can help support the treatment of persistent infections, allergies and glandular fever.

There is evidence that astragalus can slow or even prevent tumour growth. Studies have found that certain cancer patients taking astragalus have a longer life expectancy and its thought that astragalus can help cancer patients better able to cope with the side effects of chemotherapy. It can help relieve the tiredness and lack of appetite associated with cancer treatments. Patients should always discuss herbal medicines with their medical team if they’re receiving treatment for cancer.