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|Bitter extracts are diuretic, antiseptic and antispasmodic. One study shows that these extracts stimulate activity of white blood cells (an important component of the immune system). Extract from plant helped restore normal immune function in cancer patients with impaired immunity (Dr. G. Mavligit at University of Texas in Houston). Appears to restore normal immune function.
Polysaccharides have been shown to intensify activity of certain white blood cells, stimulate pituitary-adrenal cortical activity, and restore depleted red blood cell formation in bone marrow. Known to stimulate body's natural production of interferon. Useful for those immuno-compromised in any way.
One study of patients with low NKCs (natural killer cells) were given injections of astragalus extract for 4 months. Compared with those who did not receive the extract, their NKC activity increased substantially; other components of their immune systems were stimulated and their symptoms improved.
In a study by the Chinese, 10 people whose heart muscles were infected by Coxackie B virus (causes the heart inflammation known as myocarditis) received injections of astragalus extract for 3 to 4 months. NKCs rose 11 to 45%. They also showed increased levels of alpha- and gamma-interferon (45%). Symptoms improved.
In one study done at the University of Texas at Houston, astragalus completely restored the immune function of cells taken from cancer patients.
|NOTE: A. hoantchy, A. mongholicus and A. scaberrimus are synonyms or are related species cited as remedies for cancer, leukemia, and tumors.|