Astragalus membranaceus​

Astragalus membranaceus is a major medicinal herb commonly used in many herbal formulations globally to treat a wide variety of diseases and body disorders. It is an herbal supplement that has been used for centuries for increasing immunity and healthy ageing. It’s purported to enhance the immune system and reduce inflammation. It’s also used to help treat heart conditions, kidney disease and more. The major components of Astragalus membranaceus are polysaccharides, flavonoids, and saponins. Contemporary use of Astragalus membranaceus mainly focuses on its immunomodulating, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory, as well as anticancer effects.​


Control blood sugar levels.


Diabetes - Early research shows that taking a particular banaba extract for 2 weeks lowers blood sugar by 10% in people with type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes - Early research shows that taking a product containing banaba and cinnamon inner bark for 12 weeks may improve how well insulin is produced by the body in someone with prediabetes.

Gastrointestinal upset can occur when high doses are used, and due to its ability to reduce blood sugar, it may increase the risk for hypoglycemia in high doses, though this isn't a common occurrence.

Tentatively, yes, but a doctor's guidance is highly recommended. Berberine has been the subject of much research and seems to be potent like many pharmaceuticals.

The standard dose of berberine is 900-2,000mg a day, divided into three to four doses. Berberine should be taken with a meal, or shortly after, to take advantage of the blood glucose and lipid spike associated with eating. Too much berberine at once can result in stomach upset, cramping, and diarrhea.

This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner.

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