Huáng Qí Or Milkvetch: How Effective Is This Herb?

The Chinese people have been long advocates of using traditional medicine to cure common illnesses and diseases. They use herbs and plants, specifically the roots and make them into various forms of supplements in the form of capsules, liquid extracts and even teas. One of those herbs is the Huáng Qí or milkvetch known for its properties to help boost the immune system and to reduce inflammation.

Huáng Qí relieves negative side effects of chemotherapy

Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy know how difficult it is to deal with the negative side effects of the treatment such as fatigue, nausea and vomiting, appetite loss, constipation etc. Researchers have conducted clinical studies to see how effective Huáng Qí is in relieving these side effects.

When given to patients in liquid extract form via their IV, the patients reported a 59% reduced diarrhea side effect, nausea by 36% and vomiting by 50%. As for the fatigue, three times weekly administration of 500 mg of the herb improved the patients’ tiredness because of the chemotherapy. However, the herb seems to be only effective during the first week of treatment. Still, every little thing helps in alleviating all negative side effects associated with the treatment.

Huáng Qí for the heart

Patients with heart conditions were given 2.25 grams of astragalus 8, another name for Huáng Qí twice every day for two weeks. This was together with other traditional means of treatment for patients with heart problems. Compared to other patients who did not take the supplement, they have improved significantly because the herb helped in increasing the blood pumped from the heart. The herb also helped reduced symptoms of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

Huáng Qí increases the production of white blood cells

The herb is effective in strengthening our immune system because it aids in producing more white blood cells, the cells responsible for protecting our body from illnesses. Studies and experiments conducted on animals have shown that the herb kill viruses and bacteria and though the research on its effectivity on human is still limited, the herb has shown potential in fighting viral infections in humans such as the common cold which could be beneficial comes flu season.

Huáng Qí to regulate blood sugar levels

Diabetics could also benefit from this herb because the roots of this plant have active compounds that could aid in regulating blood sugar levels for patients with type 2 diabetes. The Chinese have found this herb effective as this is the most prescribed herbal supplement for managing diabetes in the country. If the herb will be taken as a supplement for type 2 diabetes, 40-60 grams of the herb must be taken daily for up to four months to improve the blood sugar levels after fasting and after meals.

No matter how effective the herb seems to be for some other people and some health conditions compared to others, you still have to take the professional advice of your doctor before taking any herbal supplements, especially if you have a serious health condition.


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