What Research Shows
Astragalus is likely effective against the following diseases in the ways mentioned below:
Diabetic kidney disease—likely to improve symptoms when used with standard treatment.
May Be Effective for:
- Cancer treatment support—may improve response to standard therapy
- Chronic heart failure—may improve quality of life and ease symptoms when used with standard treatment
- Diabetes—may improve glucose control when used with standard treatment
- Leucopenia—may improve treatment outcome
- Stroke—may ease post-stroke fatigue and improve quality of life
- Viral myocarditis—may improve recovery when used with standard treatment
May Not Be Effective against:
- Acute respiratory tract infection—may not prevent infection in children
- Not Enough Data to Assess in its effect against:
- Fatty liver disease
- Seasonal allergic rhinitis
The editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.
It is likely safe to take astragalus in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. It is also not known whether it is safe to take by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Astragalus can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.
People with high blood pressure should talk to their doctor before taking astragalus. It may interact with blood pressure medicines.