Astragalus Root – China’s Premier Qi Tonic
Astragalus root ranks as one of the most potent health tonics in the world. Astragalus
membranaceus is used in traditional tonic herbalism to strengthen the
primary energy of the body and to strengthen all metabolic, respiratory and
eliminative functions. As an energizer, astragalus is famed for its strengthening
effects on the outside of the body, in particular to the musculature and skin.
Astragalus has long been considered a major tonic for athletes and those who work
hard physically. It helps relieve fatigue and is used by athletes around the world for
Most importantly, however, Astragalus is rated as one of the world’s premier
immune tonifying (regulating) substances, and is considered in the Orient as a
quintessential protective super tonic herb. Astragalus, like many of the major tonic
herbs, has a very complex constituent profile. Primarily, the active constituents of
astragalus consist of triterpene glycosides, polysaccharides and flavonoids. Astragalus
also contains numerous amino acids, trace elements and various other
Hundreds of studies seem to support the potent immune modulating
activities of astragalus root. It is routinely used in Asia to promote a
strong immune system. Astragalus also has significant anti-inflammatory
action. Astragalus has also been show to improve male fertility by
improving sperm motility.
The primary active constituents of astragalus, the triterpene
glycosides, are saponins similar to the saponins in ginseng, though all
astragalus saponins (triterpene glycosides) have their own chemical
identities. One particular astragaloside found naturally in astragalus
known as Astragaloside IV. This saponin has been determined to be the
most active health-positive constituent in astragalus. It is believed
Astragaloside IV may be able to help protect telomeres and to prevent
their deterioration over time due to stress and toxicity. Telomeres are
chemical bindings at the end of our chromosomes that hold our DNA in
place. Aging has been associated with the degeneration and loss of
telomeres. Astragaloside IV has also been found to be neuroprotective to
Astragalus has long been considered a major tonic for athletes and those
who work hard physically. It helps relieve fatigue and is used by
athletes around the world for strength.
The polysaccharides found in Astragalus are also extremely potent immune
enhancers. These polysaccharides are similar to those found in
Maitake, Reishi mushroom and other immune enhancing herbs.
Most botanicals are woody and fibrous. The woody fiber (cell walls)
generally makes most botanicals difficult to digest. Thousands of years
ago, humans discovered that cooking, making teas, decoctions and soups
with water and/or alcohol improved the potency and efficacy of the
foods, beverages, tonics and medicines they consumed.
When a botanical is boiled in water or extracted in alcohol or other
solvent, the constituents of the botanical are released from the fiber
contains them and are dissolved into the liquid medium. The resulting
“tea,” or paste is highly assimilable. Also, it is much easier to
because the material has been “reduced” to a much smaller volume and yet
the potency is higher. Without the extraction, the body would
have to do a digestive “extraction” of the materials bound to the fiber,
adding much stress to our GI tract. Since we do not have the digestive
tract of a ruminate, this “extraction” method is not very effective, nor
is it efficient.
Of course, the technology back then was primitive, relying on simple stove boiling to break down cell
walls. Amazingly, extraction technology has not changed much even during the industrial-scientific
era - it is just performed on a much larger scale. We still rely on the application of heat to a tank of
solvents such as water or alcohol for several hours until the constituents of the raw herbs have been
released into the hot solvents.
However, the traditional heated extraction has its downsides besides its benefits.
- It is not suitable for extracting heat sensitive substances such as protein, amino acids,
essential oils and enzymes.
- Starch and saccharides of low molecular weight can gelatinize and become cohesive under
heat, preventing the effective release and extraction of active ingredients.
- Substances with no or few pharmacological effects can be released simultaneously.
- The heated process accelerates the oxidation process.
- It can result in polymerization and decomposition of active constituents.
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the raw materials down to micron level. The materials are “shaken”
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water-soluble and alcohol-soluble components from the raw
material into the solvent. The entire process is performed at a low to
moderate temperature that never exceeds 40°C (104° F), thus
eliminating the drawbacks of a heated extraction.Other Ingredients (less than 1%):
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