Astragalus is a traditional Chinese herb that has become popular over the last few years. It is a mild adaptogen, and a potent immunomodulator, along with so much more.
Astragalus is in the Fabaceae (pea) family and is a common vetch in Asia. There are many vetches around the world that are used medicinally and as a food. Astragalus is among those. Although it is found in many herbals, you will find this herb even more commonly as a daily food, eaten to help maintain and improve health over a long period of time. Traditionally, astragalus is thought to be good for just about anyone, from small children to elders, and everyone in between. It is well researched, and has over 5000 years of documented use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is one herb that I don’t hesitate to share with the world.
I chose astragalus for the wintertime, not because it is grown or harvested this time of year, but because I find people need a good amount of immune support in the winter. Between the lack of natural vitamin D, the very close quarters with other humans, general nutrient deficiencies that come along with eating too much holiday foods (mainly sugar), and not enough micronutrients like zinc, magnesium, and vitamins, we are susceptible to more viral infections during the winter months. Astragalus is a good ally to help us balance the immune system and support it in working more efficiently.