The surprising skin care benefits of Astragalus Root

Astragalus includes over 2000 species, Astragalus membranaceus is the most commonly used. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the root of the Astragalus plant, Huang Qi, has been used for thousands of years. There are over two thousand species of Astragalus, among which only A. membranaceus and A. mongholicus are primarily used for medicinal purposes. 

To date, more than 200 compounds have been isolated and identified from Astragalus. Its total polysaccharides, saponins and flavonoids fractions and several isolated compounds have been the most studied, and these bear the biological activities of Astragalus.

Traditional systems of medicine for Astragalus root is as an additional therapy in the treatment of colds and influenza. The herb is used to enhance the immune system and to increase stamina and endurance; also in the treatment of chronic diarrhea, oedema, abnormal uterine bleeding, and diabetes mellitus, and as a cardiotonic agent. Uses described in folk medicine comprise treatment of nephritis, chronic bronchitis, postpartum urine retention, leprosy, and the sequelae of cerebrovascular accidents

What are the skincare benefits Of Astragalus

Saponins, flavonoids, and polysaccharides are believed to be the principal active constituents of Astragalus. It also includes components such as anthraquinones, alkaloids, amino acids, β-sitosterol, and metallic elements.

In 2010 a study evaluating 15 extracts of herbs used in TCM, investigators found that Astragalus was one of three botanicals to inhibit 5-lipoxygenase (the major source of potent pro-inflammatory leukotrienes) is one of the enzymes, along with elastase (an enzyme that breaks down proteins) considered important therapeutic targets in the treatment of psoriasis and other cutaneous conditions. 

Triterpenoid Saponins (Astragalosides)

There are more than 161 saponins including about 142 kinds of cycloartane-type saponins and about 19 kinds of oleanane-type saponins. Among them, 5 major saponins, which make up more than 80% of the total saponins, including:

  • Astragalosides I, II, and IV,
  • Isoastragaloside I and II.
SKINCARE ACTIVITY / 
Anti-Inflammatory
both in vitro and in vivo studies [Kim et al.,] found that the extract of Astragalus root not only improved the atopic dermatitis skin lesions but also suppressed inflammation.
Skin healing - along with anti-scar effects for wound treatment.

Flavonoids

There are more than 63 flavonoids mainly including: Isoflavones, Isoflavans, Pterocarpans, Flavonols, Flavones, and Flavonones. In addition, there are 3 special flavonoids including sulfuretin, isoliquiritigenin, and pendulone. 

SKINCARE ACTIVITY /
Flavonols are powerful antioxidants - aid in the prevention of skin damage from free radical activity while also providing antibiotic and antibacterial protection.
Anti-inflammatory - help to reduce redness and irritation of the skin.

β-sitosterol

The compound β-sitosterol - Beta-Sitosterol is one of the most common forms of phytosterols, a type of fatty acid. It is similar to cholesterol, which occurs naturally in the skin and is considered part of the intercellular matrix of the skin.

SKINCARE ACTIVITY /
Antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory effects, while promoting skin hydration. 

FAST FACTS

Botanical Name: Astragalus membranaceus
Organic Status: Certified Organic
Plant Part: Root
Actions: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, adaptogen.
Skin Actions: Improves skin healing, reduces inflammation, provides antioxidant properties, useful in the treatment of psoriasis, boosts skin strength and collagen production.

 

I have incorporated a lipophilic extract of certified organic Astragalus Root into Cell Affinity Coactive Serum via our propriety herbal infusion, to capture the skin regeneration, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, promoting exceptional skin health care. 

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REFERENCES / 

Anti-Aging Implications of Astragalus Membranaceus (Huangqi): A Well-Known Chinese Tonic
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5758356/

The β-sitosterol attenuates atopic dermatitis-like skin lesions through down-regulation of TSLP.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24510054

The healing and anti-scar effects of astragaloside IV on the wound repair in vitro and in vivo.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22143155

Influence of traditional Chinese anti‐inflammatory medicinal plants on leukocyte and platelet functions
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1211/0022357021620

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