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Herbal supplements can help strengthen the immune system and fight infections. Adaptogens, which include eleuthero, Asian ginseng, astragalus, and schisandra, are thought to help keep various body systems—including the immune system—functioning optimally. They have not been systematically evaluated as cold remedies. However, one double-blind trial found that people who were given 100 mg of Asian ginseng extract in combination with a flu vaccine experienced a lower frequency of colds and flu compared with people who received only the flu vaccine.1
1. Bone K, Morgan M. Clinical Applications of Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbs. Warwick, Queensland, Australia: Phytotherapy Press, 1996, 13-20.
2. Nanba H. Antitumor activity of orally administered ‘D-fraction' from maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa). J Naturopathic Med 1993;4:10-5.
3. Pengelly A. Medicinal fungi of the world. Modern Phytotherapist 1996;2:1, 3-8 [review].
Herbs that support a person’s immune system in the fight against microbes include the following: American ginseng, andrographis, Asian ginseng, astragalus, coriolus, eleuthero, ligustrum, maitake, picrorhiza, reishi, schisandra, and shiitake.1
One Chinese preliminary trial also found that astragalus could decrease overactive immune function in people with systemic lupus erythematosus.1 However, much more research is needed to know whether astragalus is safe in lupus or any other autoimmune disease.
1. Chen LX, Liao JZ, Guo WQ. Effects of Astragalus membranaceus on left ventricular function and oxygen free radical in acute myocardial infarction patients and mechanism of its cardiotonic action. Chung Kuo Chung His I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih 1995;15:141-3 [in Chinese].
2. Shi HM, Dai RH, Wang SY. Primary research on the clinical significance of ventricular late potentials (VLPs), and the impact of mexiletine, lidocaine and Astragalus membranaceus on VLPs. Chung His I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih 1991;11:259, 265-7 [in Chinese].
Astragalus is native to northern China and the elevated regions of the Chinese provinces, Yunnan and Sichuan. The portion of the plant used medicinally is the four- to seven-year-old dried root, collected in the spring. While over 2,000 types of astragalus exist worldwide, the Chinese version has been extensively tested, both chemically and pharmacologically.1
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|Supplement Facts |
Serving Size: 3 capsules
|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Total Carbohydrate||1 g||<1%*|
|Dietary Fiber||<1 g||3%*|
|Astragalus (root)||1.41 g (1,410 mg)||**|
|*Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. |
**Daily Value (DV) not established.
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