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Astragalus root is used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to tonify spleen and lung qi. It contains steroidal saponins that give it adaptogenic properties to help the body cope with stress and to decrease fatigue. It is an immunomodulator that can boost the immune system to prevent infections like the common cold, but also to treat certain chronic viral infections (e.g. mononucleosis). It stimulates the production of white blood cells to treat low white blood cell count (leukopenia). It is commonly recommended alone or in formulas as adjunct to chemotherapy to decrease side-effects and improve outcomes.
In addition, astragalus has an effect on the cardiovascular system and may benefit mild angina, congestive heart failure and hypertension.
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