Astragalus (Herbs/Suppl)

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Brand and Other Names:Astragalus membranaceus

Suggested Dosing

Powder

1-30 g/d PO

Doses > 28 g/day not recommended, no additional benefit and might cause immune suppression

Decoction

0.5-1 L per day (maximum of 120 grams of whole root per liter of water)

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Suggested Uses

URI, common cold, other infections, hepatitis

Breast, cervical, lung cancer (in combo with glossy privet [Ligustrum lucidum])

Efficacy

Insufficient reliable evidence to rate use in breast cancer, lung cancer, hepatitis and the common cold

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Hypersensitivity

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: N/A

            Lactation: N/A

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

            Mechanism of Action

            Saponins (e.g. astragaloside), Flavonoids, Polysaccharides

            Antioxidants, stimulates interferon, IgA, IgG

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