St Francis Astragalus
* Used for a tendency to frequent colds and infection and to improve immune function
* Used adjunctively to treat chronic nephritis (kidney inflammation)
* Used adjunctively during radiation and chemotherapy to mitigate immune depression
* Used for fatigue
Astragalus is an herb of utmost importance for its adaptogenic and immune-modulating properties. A classic tonic, it has been a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for many centuries. These days, because of the scientific research that has corroborated its effectiveness, it has been adopted widely as a remedy in the West as well.
Astragalus is currently used as an immune stimulant and thought to be helpful for the common cold. Research into its use as an adjunctive therapy for cancer patients, most notably to reduce the side effects of conventional treatments such as chemotherapy, is just beginning.
Herbal researcher, Peter Holmes gives a good overview of the therapeutic dynamics of this herb: "Astragalus root has been shown to enhance cellular metabolism, thereby making more energy available on cellular and individual levels.... Astragalus root`s generous saponin content indicates a rejuvenating action on red blood cells and increased nutrient absorption by the intestines. This includes enhanced calcium and silicon utilization. Moreover, the root also contains generous amounts of trace minerals, including the important trace elements selenium and molybdenum, which it collects from the soil and stores. Through these twin dynamics, Astragalus will increase overall vitality, energy..."
The conclusion drawn by most Western herbalists is that astragalus is an ideal remedy for anyone who might be immunocompromised. It strengthens many functions of the immune system, helps protect the liver from damage, and may have valuable anticancer effects.
Those experiencing chronically compromised immune function, weakness, and a lack of vitality of any kind, whether from infection or from autoimmune causes, will benefit from this extraordinary tincture, which is also a key part of our Deep Immune‚ formula.
Astragulus, a key component in our Deep Immune formula, is tinctured using Certified Organic dried Astragulus root.
25-40 drops (0.8-1.3ml), three to four times daily, in a little water between meals.
Contraindications and Cautions:
Consult a health care practitioner before use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding have an autoimmune disorder.
Do not take this if you are an organ transplant recipient.
A Note On Tinctures
Tinctures are more readily absorbed by the body and have a high degree of bio-availability. As well, they have a long shelf life.
Sometimes people ask us why tinctures are alcohol-based. There are very good reasons. Alcohol is critically important in the extraction of an herb`s medicinal ingredients. It also helps to stabilize and preserve them. Alcohol is the ideal carrier substance, conveying the therapeutic goodness of the herb to the body. In itself, too, science has proven that alcohol enhances the immune system and its defences.
As for the amount of alcohol taken in an average dose of tincture, you`ll be surprised to learn that it`s about the same as what you`d find in an overly ripe banana!
Tinctures remain the most practical way to take advantage of the amazing, health-giving power of herbs.
Certified Organic/Highest Quality Astragalus
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It is a pleasure for me to recommend your company`s herbal formulas to my health food retailer and professional friends across the country. Indeed, as many of them already know, I have used and recommend your tinctures for almost a decade. The quality of the plants you use, the care you invest in producing your tinctures, as well as the complete integrity of your company are givens. But, for me, the bottom line is that your formulas, based on the respect of the imperatives of nature, give excellent results.
Those who know me also know that when I use products for my own children, it is because I have complete confidence in their safety and efficacy. That is the case for St. Francis Herb Farm`s formulas, formulas which I have been using with my children for several years.
Daniel-J. Crisafi, MH, PhD
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