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Is Astragalus Really A Panacea for Kidney Disease

2018-10-06 08:06

Is Astragalus Really A Panacea for Kidney DiseaseAstragalus is also known nas Huangqi, is one of the most favorite herbs for kidney patients. It is tonifying Qi and lifting yang, strengthening exterior and reducing sweat, inducing diuresis to alleviate edema, promoting the secretion of saliva and nourishing blood, removing stagnation, pus draining and toxin expelling, and closing sores and promoting tissue regeneration. It seems that astragalus has a lot of benefits. Then is it really a panacea for kidney disease?

Generally speaking, astragalus has the following specific functions:

1. To improve immunity

Astragalus can replenish qi, applicable to weakness and edema caused by qi deficiency, and cough and shortness of breath caused by lung qi deficiency. Besides, it can help prevent catching a cold.

2. To lower blood sugar level

Astragalus has a bidirectional regulation effect on blood glucose, which can not only reduce the high blood glucose caused by diabetes, but also raise blood glucose caused by drug hypoglycemia.

3. To reduce blood pressure

Astragalus is also bidirectional to regulate blood pressure.

4. To relieve swelling

Edema caused by diabetes and kidney disease and idiopathic edema can be eliminated.

5. To protect liver

Astragalus polysaccharides can promote the synthesis of ribonucleic acid and protein, and make cells grow vigorously and live longer.

6. To delay kidney failure

Modern medicine has proved that astragalus can reduce the inflammatory factors such as IL-1, IL-6, TNF-α, etc. and reduce renal fibrosis, which is conducive to the protection of renal function.

People with the above 6 needs can consider astragalus.

Astragalus is not suitable for the following populations:

1. Those with damp-heat syndrome

It is manifested as dry mouth, bitter mouth, red face and eye, scanty dark urine, dry or sticky stool, red or yellow tongue coating.

2. Those who show Yin deficiency

Including febrile hands and feet, dry mouth to drink, tidal fever and night sweats, etc., because astragalus is sweet warm and conductive to heat production. If you drink astragalus tea with Yin deficiency, you must add Yin nourishing drugs, such as: Radix Ophiopogonis (Mai Dong), Polygonatum odoratum(Yu Zhu), dendrobium (Shi Hu), etc.

3. Those with heat toxin syndrome

Generally speaking, it is those with sepsis infection, such as purulent tonsillitis, acute appendicitis, peritonitis, or skin sores.

Astragalus can alleviate renal deterioration and histological damage, and protect renal function. It also has a positive effect on diuresis and reducing urinary protein in patients.

To drink astragalus tea, it is better to make it into decoction. To take 50g of astragalus, and boil them in water with big fire, then cook with small fire for 20-30 minutes.

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