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Astragalus

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 3, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Astragalus membranaceus
  • Astragalus mongholicus
  • Astragale
  • Astragalo
  • Astragalus
  • Beg Kei
  • Bei Qi
  • Buck Qi
  • Chinese Astragalus
  • Huang Chi
  • Huang Qi
  • Huang Se
  • Hwanggi
  • Jin Fu Kang
  • Membranous Milk Vetch
  • Membranous Milk-Vetch
  • Meng Gu Huang Qi
  • Milk Vetch
  • Mongolian Milk
  • Ogi
  • Ougi
  • Radix Astragali
  • Radix Astragalus

What is this product used for?

Astragalus is used by some people to help improve their immune system.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • Take extra care if you are at a high risk for infection. This includes people who have had a transplant, are on chemo, or have an autoimmune disease.

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Cancer

    • Diabetes

    • Blood pressure problems

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include anger, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/astragalus

Last Reviewed Date

2018-04-18

Consumer information use

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your healthcare provider. Only your healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to provide advice that is right for you. You should not rely on this information in deciding whether or not to use, or accept your healthcare provider’s advice regarding use of, any natural products or similar treatments, therapies, or life-style choices. This information does not endorse any natural products or similar treatments, therapies, or life-style choices as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information. It does NOT include all information about natural products, possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to you. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about your health and treatment options.

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