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• Astragalus is widely used as an immunostimulant medicine to reduce the incidence of the common cold and influenza.

• It is also used to enhance recuperation and reduce fatigue.

• According to TCM practice it is widely used to invigorate and tonify Qi and the blood, and as an important adaptogen.

• Under the TCM system of use, astragalus is not used during periods of acute infection.

• In clinical practice it is often used in combination with other herbs such as Bupleurum chinense, Scutellaria baicalensis and Codonopsis pilulosa. As such, most clinical trials have tested combination formulas.

• It appears to be well tolerated; however, several theoretical interactions exist.

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