Astragalus, allergies & histamine intolerance
Astragalus membranaceus is a traditional Chinese medicine with some impressive scientifically validated effects on the immune system and histamine in particular. It may help prevent allergies, stop histamine release, and stabilise mast cells, in addition to healing the gut. All references at the bottom of the post, and please remember to consult with a doctor before trying any supplements or foods. My experiences are at the end.
AstragalusAstragalus, known as Huangqui in China and milk vetch in the US, is one of TCM’s most important herbs. It has been used medicinally as a food when cooked in soups, and as a binding or thickening agent. Animal studies show that astragalus significantly increases beneficial gut bacterias, while decreasing E coli.
USES IN HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE AND INFLAMMATIONInflammation: Astragalus has been shown to balance interleukins, another inflammatory cytokine that may be released from mast cells at the same time as histamine. Gut damage: histamine can cause leaky gut, and in one animal study astragalus was shown to lower histamine, tryptase (can be elevated in mast cell disorders), protect the gut following injury. Asthma: this herb is traditionally used in China to treat asthma, which a number of scientific studies back. It can also reduce allergies overall, which may help relieve symptoms of asthma. CLICK HERE TO CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONALISED HEALING HISTAMINE PLAN.
AUTOIMMUNITYWhile you would think that boosting the immune system is a bad thing in autoimmune disorders, Astragalus may prevent auto-immune destruction of the pancreas, and has (in animal studies) reduced swelling, concentrations of inflammatory mediators and markers associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), and may prevent collagen accumulation (in the case of this study, in scleroderma). Another study found that it can prevent oxidative injury to the brain and reduce inflammation associated with multiple sclerosis.
OTHER TRADITIONAL USES
- Respiratory infections
- Heart disease
- Side effects of cancer treatment