Complementary/Alternative Medicine: This monograph describes a natural or herbal product that is not subject to FDA guidelines for medicines. Patients and clinicians are advised to read package labels carefully to ensure safe and efficacious use.
allergy, cold and cough remedies
Astragalus has antioxidant effects. It inhibits free radical production, increases superoxide dismutase, and decreases lipid peroxidation. Astragalus potentiates effects of interferon, increases antibody levels of IgA and IgG in nasal secretions, and increases interleukin-2 (IL-2) levels.
Improved immune response.
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown.
Use Cautiously in:
Misc: immunosuppression (with doses >28 grams/day)
* CAPITALS indicate life-threatening.
Underline indicate most frequent.
Natural Drug Interaction
PO: (Adults) Allergic rhinitis:160 mg of astragalus root extract twice daily. Common cold prevention:4–7 g per day.
Capsules: 470 mg
Improvement in symptoms of cold or allergic rhinitis.
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