Also known as milk vetch, huang qi (or huangqi)

Improve Treatment Options for Lung Cancer Patients

Astragalus can help improve quality of life in patients with advanced lung cancer.

Results of lab and animal studies suggest astragalus could help fight lung cancer in the following ways:

  • Slows tumor growth.(164)
  • Blocks metastasis in non-small cell lung cancer.(165)

How Does It Work?

Astragalus has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests these properties could help block factors that promote lung cancer. Additionally, astragalus promotes proteins that induce cancer cell death.(140164165)

Clinical Evidence of Benefit

Clinical studies show that astragalus can improve quality of life in patients with advanced lung cancer. In one clinical trial, patients who were randomly assigned to receive astragalus along with combination chemotherapy had significant improvement in the following QOL indicators:(26)

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Physical function
  • Vomiting

Compared to placebo, patients taking astragalus also had better response and survival rates. However, these differences were not statistically significant.(26)

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For example, transcription and growth factors.(140164165)