Health Concerns Astra 4 - 90 Capsules

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Astra 4 is a Qi tonic formula that helps support the energy and immune systems. Astragalus (huang qi) is combined with other herbs for prevention of the common cold, upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), allergic rhinitis (hay fever), swine flu, hepatitis B, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, fibromyalgia, anemia, and HIV/AIDS. It is also used orally for angina, asthma, athletic performance, beta-thalassemia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), chronic kidney disease (CKD), nephrotic syndrome, diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, amenorrhea, obesity, post-stroke fatigue, chemotherapy-induced anemia, chemotherapy-induced diarrhea, chemotherapy-induced leukopenia, chemotherapy-induced nephrotoxicity, and chemotherapyrelated fatigue.

In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), astragalus tonifies the Qi and blood in cases of blood deficiency, tonifies the spleen presenting with lack of appetite, fatigue, and diarrhea. Astragalus also augments the protective qi and stabilizes the exterior; therefore, it is used in herbal formulas for the prevention of colds, and influenza, and can be administered for shortness of breath and spontaneous sweating. It is typically combined with other herbs for edema, chronic nephritis, wasting and thirsting disorder, numbness of the limbs, paralysis, and painful obstruction. Treasury of Words on the Materia Medica states, that astragalus “is an herb that tonifies the lungs, strengthens the spleen, supports the protective qi to inhibit sweating, drives out wind, and transports toxicity”. In modern TCM, astragalus is often combined with ligustrum to treat the side effects of chemo and radiotherapy.

Ligustrum (nu zhen zi), is cooling, which balances the warming properties of astragalus. As it nourishes the liver and kidneys, it is used in formulas for premature aging, soreness of the lower back, tinnitus, tidal fevers associated with lung infections. According to the Grand Materia Medica, ligustrum strengths the yin, fortifies the lower back and knees, and brightens the eyes. It must be used with other herbs such as astragalus, and oryza sprout, to protect the spleen and stomach, otherwise It may cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Oryza (gu ya) also known as rice sprouts reduces food stagnation, strengthens the spleen, and improves appetite. Licorice (gan cao) is known as “the great harmonizer” in TCM. It stimulates adrenal gland function and has been used in formulas or chronic fatigue, aiding physical performance, muscle cramps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and in integrative cancer protocols.

Orally, licorice is used by itself or with other ingredients, for peptic ulcers, dry mouth, sore throat, bronchitis, chronic gastritis, dyspepsia, colic, menopausal symptoms, Addison disease, Parkinson disease, cough, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Helicobacter pylori infection, and other bacterial and viral infections. It is also used orally for cholestatic liver disorders, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), hyperkalemia, hypertonia, malaria, tuberculosis, abscesses, food poisoning, diabetes insipidus, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and contact dermatitis.
In TCM, licorice tonifies the spleen and augments Qi. It is used for Qi and blood deficiency patterns and is used in herbal formulas to stop cough and moisten the lungs. It is said to reduce painful spasms when combined with white peony (bai shao). Licorice moderates and harmonize the characteristics of other herbs and is known as the “great harmonizer”. It moderates the properties of other herbs and enters all twelve primary acupuncture channels. According to Transforming the Significance of Medicinal Substances, it is cooling and drains fire, it disperses pathogens, reduces swollen sores, eases sore throat, resolves the toxicity of all herbs, eliminates accumulated fire in the stomach, dispels urinary tract pain by virtue of eliminating heat.
Astragalus root extract (huang qi), Ligustrum fruit (nu zhen zi), Oryza sprout (gu ya), Licorice root (gan cao)
For more than a decade, Health Concerns has been in the forefront of research in herbal medicine, and was the first company to manufacture herbal products in the United States for practitioners. Its founder, Andrew Gaeddert, is an herbalist, lecturer, author of numerous books on herbal medicine, and committed to improving community health. He assisted in the development of clinical trials with HIV patients in 1992, and has been on the protocol team of a study to investigate the effects of Chinese herbs on chronic diarrhea, and an anemia study sponsored by the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine.

Health Concerns formulas are created on the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern biochemistry and developed by experienced practitioners such as Mr. Gaeddert, Dr.Fong Fong, and Misha Cohen. They are produced in easy-to-take tablets (preferred by many patients), targeted to treat specific disorders, and manufactured under strict quality control. And all are continually tested to ensure optimum effectiveness, potency, and maximum bioavailability.
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