Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.
This is not medical advice I have written this for educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.
Astragalus has been shown to help improve diabetes by improving bile properties. Which improves the production of glycogen in the liver and improves glucose uptake by cells. This could also help to prevent obesity.
Astragalus inhibits TH2 and TNF-a. TH2 in excess can cause a rash over the whole body. NfxkB is overexpressed during infection. Astragalus inhibits the negative effects of endotoxins during infection. It does seem to balance the immune system by increasing T regulatory cells which would improve over all immune function.
This herb is better for those who have an inhibited immune system but those with interstitial cystitis and Crohn’s may want to avoid it because it increases expression of TLR4 which does help fight infection but can cause inflammation and it is over expressed in IC and Crohn’s. This does give astragalus potent antiviral properties.
Astragalus is potent for reducing oxidative stress. It also improves heart function and prevents bone loss and improve collagen health.
It stimulates PPARa which would activate beta oxidation which prevents diabetes, insulin resistance , glucose intolerance and obesity. It also inhibits endoplasmic reticulum stress which would prevent mitochondrial dysfunction.
It prevents excess mucus production in the lungs. It also prevents lung injury while promoting healing in the lungs.