Astragalus is one of the premier Chinese tonic herbs.Tonic herbs are recommended in Traditional Chinese Medicine to take on a regular basis to keep the body functioning optimally. Chinese medicine looks at the body through a very different lens than Western medicine, and the tonic herbs are dispensed in order to help prevent a person getting sick, rather than waiting until symptoms appear and then diagnosing and treating the resulting conditions. It really is the inverse of the modern pharmaceutically-driven medical industry, where doctors profit from sickness rather than health.
Astragalus roots come from a flowering plant which grows in China and Korea. It is an adaptogen which is high in saponins, polysaccharides and flavonoids. It contains a unique substance called astragalosides, which stimulate T-cell production. and restore telomere growth. T-cells are white blood cells which play a vital role in the adaptive immune response, particularly important with this new attack on our immune system over the last two years. Shorter telomere length is a major factor in the risk of chronic disease; herbs that extend telomere length are said to be anti-aging.
Astragalus is available in tincture, powder and capsule form. Explore our range here. Also check out Dragon Herbs' Supreme Protector formulation, which is composed of the four "kings of defence": Astragalus, Reishi, Schizandra and Cordyceps,and the RDT Connoisseursrange, many of which include Astragalus.