Last update: June 17, 2017

Astragalus root

Low Risk for breastfeeding


Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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A legume of the Fabaceae family originating in China. Its roots are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, attributing to it numerous properties, none of which have been clearly scientifically proven (Tian 2016, Su 2016, Zhang 2014, WHO 1999: p.50-58).

Although it is a selenium extracting and accumulating plant, causing animal poisoning, no problems have been found in human use (White 2016).

Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.

Devoid of toxicity at correct doses (WHO 1999: p.50-58), moderate consumption during breastfeeding would have little or no risk.

Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Ensure that they are from a reliable source: poisoning has occurred due to confusing one plant with another with toxic properties, as well as poisoning from heavy metals extracted from the ground and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi.
2. Do not take in large amounts; follow recommendations from professional experts in phytotherapy. "Natural" products are not always good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which much of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can result in poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors if taken in excessive amounts or time periods.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

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Other names

Astragalus root is also known as Milk Vetch. Here it is a list of alternative known names::


Astragalus root in other languages or writings:

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References

  1. White PJ. Selenium accumulation by plants. Ann Bot. 2016 Abstract
  2. Tian H, Lu J, He H, Zhang L, Dong Y, Yao H, Feng W, Wang S. The effect of Astragalus as an adjuvant treatment in type 2 diabetes mellitus: A (preliminary) meta-analysis. J Ethnopharmacol. 2016 Abstract
  3. Su G, Chen X, Liu Z, Yang L, Zhang, Stålsby Lundborg C, Wen Z, Guo X, Qin X, Liang J, Liu X. Oral Astragalus (Huang qi) for preventing frequent episodes of acute respiratory tract infection in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Abstract
  4. Zhang HW, Lin ZX, Xu C, Leung C, Chan LS. Astragalus (a traditional Chinese medicine) for treating chronic kidney disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Abstract
  5. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume I. WHO monographs 1999 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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