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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Astragalus (ASTRAGALUS MEMBRANACEUS)

A strong anti-viral to help your immune system effectively fight off and recover from viral infections.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Astragalus is high in selenium, the best mineral for fighting viruses. The next time you feel a little bug coming on, make sure to take powerful astragalus alongside your anti-biotic herbs.

SUGGESTED USE

1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines

Biocharacteristics of Astragalus

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Family: Fabaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Astragalus
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Adrenal Tonic

ADRENAL-TONIC

Strengthens, supports, or increases output of adrenals.

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Antifibrotic

ANTIFIBROTIC

Fibrosis of an organ is often a progressive leading to organ failure (i.e lungs, liver, kidney). While vulneraries usually help restore collagen, antifibrotic herbs often clear collagen. Aka fibrinolytic.

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Vulnerary

VULNERARY

An herb used for the treatment of wounds (antiulcer, connective tissue tonic).

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Lung Tonic

LUNG-TONIC

Strengthens the lungs. Lung tonics include antifibrotic, vessel tonic, or nourishing herbs with an affinity for the lungs. They aid recovery in acute or chronic lung conditions.

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Adaptogen

ADAPTOGEN

Herbs that promote stabilization of physiological processes and homeostasis. Adaptogens increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Antiviral

ANTIVIRAL

Herbs that inhibit the development of viral infections. Antivirals also can be found in essential oils of some herbs, such as eucalyptus oil.

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Immune Calming

IMMUNE-CALMING

Herbs that interrupt an allergic reaction or calm the immune system, useful in allergies and autoimmune conditions.

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, Immune Modulator,
Immune Stimulant

IMMUNE-STIMULANT

Stimulates and strengthens the immune system. Helpful when fighting off a cold or flu.

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Antiplatelet

STRONG ANTIPLATELET

An herb that inhibits clotting, dissolves clots, thins the blood, or destroys platelets, therefore reducing the tendency of blood to form clots. They are useful in cardiovascular disease, clots, and stroke. Aka anticoagulant.

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Blood Tonic

BLOOD-TONIC

An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Hepatoprotective

HEPATOPROTECTIVE

An herb that is capable of preventing liver damage. Many hepatoprotectives work via antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Livotonic

LIVOTONIC

An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.

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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Bone Tonic

BONE-TONIC

An herb that strengthens the bones and joints.

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Constituents:
Inositol

INOSITOL

Inositol is an alcohol sugar made naturally in the human body from glucose. It is lipotropic (aiding fat metabilism in the liver). It affects a variety of hormones, neurotransmitters, steroid, growth factors and water.

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, Polysaccharides

Foods with a Similar Nature to Astragalus

Turmeric Root (Fresh)

Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Vulnerary, Antifibrotic, Bone-tonic, Immune-calming, Adrenal-tonic, Antiplatelet, Hepatoprotective, Immune-modulator, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Hypolipidemic

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Antiplatelet, Hepatoprotective, Immune-modulator, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Hypolipidemic, Vulnerary, Antifibrotic, Bone-tonic, Immune-calming

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Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Antifibrotic, Hypolipidemic, Adrenal-tonic, Antiplatelet, Lung-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Hepatoprotective, Nervine

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Grape

Grape has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Livotonic, Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Nervine, Antiplatelet, Immune-calming

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Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles has these Actions in Common

Vulnerary, Blood-tonic, Immune-calming, Bone-tonic, Lung-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic

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Garlic (raw)

Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Antiplatelet, Hypolipidemic, Antiviral, Lung-tonic, Antifibrotic, Diuretic, Vulnerary

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Chickweed

Chickweed has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Hepatoprotective, Blood-tonic, Hypolipidemic, Diuretic, Vulnerary

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Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Hypolipidemic, Diuretic, Immune-calming, Hepatoprotective, Livotonic

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Immune-calming, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Immune-stimulant, Diuretic, Lung-tonic

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Burdock Root (Gobo)

Burdock Root (Gobo) has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Diuretic, Vulnerary

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Cranberry

Cranberry has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Livotonic, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Immune-calming

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Astragalus

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Antifibrotic, Nervine, Antiviral, Vulnerary, Hepatoprotective, Immune-calming, Immune-modulator, Adaptogen, Immune-stimulant, Adrenal-tonic, Livotonic, Anti-inflammatory, Lung-tonic

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Adrenal-tonic, Livotonic, Anti-inflammatory, Lung-tonic, Antifibrotic, Nervine, Antiviral, Vulnerary, Hepatoprotective, Immune-calming, Immune-modulator, Adaptogen, Immune-stimulant

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Bhringaraj

Bhringaraj has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Immune-calming, Adrenal-tonic, Livotonic, Anti-inflammatory, Nervine, Blood-tonic, Vulnerary, Bone-tonic, Diuretic, Hepatoprotective

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antifibrotic, Antiplatelet, Blood-tonic, Hepatoprotective, Hypolipidemic, Immune-calming, Adaptogen, Nervine

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Adrenal-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Bone-tonic, Diuretic, Immune-calming, Nervine, Adaptogen, Vulnerary

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Immune-calming, Lung-tonic, Adaptogen, Nervine, Adrenal-tonic

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Eleuthero Ginseng

Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Immune-stimulant, Nervine, Adaptogen, Adrenal-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Hepatoprotective

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Ginkgo

Ginkgo has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Hepatoprotective, Hypolipidemic, Immune-calming, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Antifibrotic, Antiplatelet

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Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle has these Actions in Common

Antifibrotic, Diuretic, Hepatoprotective, Hypolipidemic, Immune-calming, Livotonic, Nervine

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Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam)

Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam) has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Antiviral, Diuretic, Hepatoprotective, Immune-calming, Immune-modulator

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Astragalus may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Diuretic: Diuretics may clear pharmaceutical drugs more quickly, lowering the effect.
  • Hepatoprotective: Anything that strengthens or cleanses the liver can clear drugs mroe quickly, requiring a higher dose.
  • Hypolipidemic: May magnify the effect of cholesterol lowering drugs.
  • Livotonic: Anything that strengthens or cleanses the liver can clear drugs mroe quickly, requiring a higher dose.

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