Astragalus extract has been used in ancient Chinese medicine to boost immunity, improve cardiac, liver and kidney function for many centuries. Unfortunately, astragalus health benefits have not been thoroughly studied in the Western countries and all the current research data on astragalus side effects and benefits needs to be validated even further.
In case you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder like Lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or any other immune system disorder, do not take astragalus tea to avoid astragalus side effects. Astragalus side effects can manifest themselves with over stimulating your immune system and worsening your condition.
Astragalus and breastfeeding connection has not been thoroughly studied and possible astragalus side effects and safety for lactating mothers and babies are unknown. It’s better to avoid astragalus extract all together during pregnancy and breastfeeding stages.
Astragalus tea may interact with other prescription medications. Medications like Cytoxan and Neosar are prescribed to lessen body’s immune system protection and make drug therapies more effective. Astragalus compounds may lower the effectiveness of these drugs. Additionally, astragalus might counteract corticosteroid medications purpose and make treatment less successful.
Due to lack of proper research and data on astragalus side effects, do not attempt astragalus therapy without consulting with a knowledgeable herbalist or a natural health practitioner.