Organic Astragalus Root
Organic Astragalus Root
Astragalus is one of the most popular herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. It's used for a variety of purposes, including strengthening the immune system and preventing upper respiratory infections.
Astragalus appears to activate B- and T-cells (essential for immunity) and stimulate macrophage activity (macrophages are white blood cells that locate foreign bodies and "eat" them). Its immune-boosting properties mean that it's commonly used as a preventative treatment against colds and flu, rather than for an acute infection.
One of the easiest ways to include this amazing herb into you diet is by using it to make Chai tea. You can also add the root to broth or soup (always remove the root before eating). In China, the dried roots are added to soups for their medicinal benefits.
Use astragalus after an illness to boost your immunity. It's not recommended to take during illness as it can aggravate acute infection.
It is recommended that you use large amounts anywhere from 10 to 30 grams per day as they do in traditional Chinese medicine.
Ashwagandha Side Effects & Precautions
Ashwagandha is made up of steroidal lactones or withanolides, including withanolide A, withaferin A and withanone. These structures are unique to ashwagandha and have different medicinal effects. Some parts of the plant contain more of these compounds than others, so when you are choosing an ashwagandha extract, you should pay attention to where it comes from. Leaf extracts usually contain higher levels of withaferin A, which is used to kill cancer cells and has cytotoxic effects. For all other health conditions, you should be using ashwagandha root extracts.
When taken in appropriate doses, ashwagandha has been regarded as safe for human consumption. Some possible side effects of ashwagandha include upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. If you notice any of these side effects, stop taking the herb right away.
Ashwagandha should never be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as there is some evidence it may induce miscarriages and there is no available safety information about breastfeeding while on ashwagandha.
People using diabetes medications, blood pressure medications, medications that suppress the immune system, sedatives or medications for thyroid problems should not use ashwagandha unless they’ve consulted with their doctor first. Because the herb also works to modify these conditions, there may be adverse interactions.
It is possible that ashwagandha could increase symptoms of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
If you are going to have surgery that requires anesthesia, you should stop taking ashwagandha at least two weeks beforehand in case the herb further slows down your central nervous system. (24)