* *ADVISORY* *Astragalus may stimulate disease activity and worsen certain autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Because astragalus appears to reduce the rate of lithium excretion, some individuals may require a lowering of their lithium dose.
DOSAGE:Precise dosing is not available for astragalus. This is due to the fact that astragalus is used in a variety of forms, including soups, teas, extracts, and pills.
CONCLUSION:While astragalus shows promise for immunity enhancement, stress relief and as an adjunt to cancer therapy, the safety and effectiveness have not yet been clearly established. Some experts suggest that it should be used only under the supervision of a qualified Chinese herbalist. If you do elect to try it, remember to include it in your list of medications when you visit your doctor and other health care providers.
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