Astragalus is an annual or perennial herb, it has a form of a semi-shrub or shrub. The plant is covered with simple or forked hairs. It is most widespread throughout the northern hemisphere. About one-sixth of the astralagus species are found in North America, where they occur as perennial herbs or semi-shrubs; the remainder are found in Europe, Asia, and Africa, where they are mostly shrubs.
Astragalus is a steppe plant that can survive in prairie and semi-desert areas because it is a light-loving plant. It is most often found in permeable soils and can withstand a lot of drought stress. Asian species tend to be spiny and have leaves modified in various ways to adapt to the climate.
Astragalus has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It has a primary effect on the immune system. As a consequence, astralagus supports the body's natural immunity and resistance.
Astragalus is a significant adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that help to adapt and increase the body's resistance to adverse influences such as stress, physical fatigue and others. Simply put, adaptogens have a positive effect on the body's resistance to physical and mental stress.
Astragalus is also an antioxidant. These contribute to the neutralization of free radicals in the body. Positive are the effects of astralagus on the cardiovascular system. It normalizes blood pressure, blood circulation and keeps blood vessels healthy.
Astragalus has an effect on the proper function of the bladder and the excretory function of the kidneys. It also contributes to the maintenance of normal blood sugar levels.
Another known effect of astragalus is the control of unwanted menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Men trying to conceive will be pleased to know that astralagus has a positive effect on sperm motility, increasing their chances of conception.