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Astragalus And Hiv

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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Astragalus

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a bone marrow stimulant that can be purchased alone or in many combinations of Chinese herbs. Most of the clinical information about astralagus comes from studies in which it is used with other herbs. In... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Ask the Experts About Kidney Health and HIV

Alireza Zahirieh, M.D. Nephrologist, HIV Renal Disease Clinic Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Toronto The prevention and treatment of kidney disease go hand in hand. A healthy lifestyle is essential for both. That means regular exercise,... Read more »
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Researchers Use Chemical From Medicinal Plants to Fight HIV

Like other kinds of cells, immune cells lose the ability to divide as they age because a part of their chromosomes known as a telomere becomes progressively shorter with cell division. As a result, the cell changes in many ways, and its disease... Read more »
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Astragalus root

HI Dr. YoungMany thanks for your work here. i had heard that astragalus root is good for the immune system and can stimulate t-cell production. Do you have an opinion on taking astagaqlus root in adition to hiv meds?also i am currently on trizivir...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.My question is why do you need additional immune "boost"? From the sounds of it you're already doing well on your HIV medications.I'd save the money and the risk of new side effects or of unknown drug-drug... Read more »

astragalus and korean ginseng

Hi Doctor Young, Thank you for being such a caring and compassionate doctor! I have read in various sources and also on the internet that astragalus and korean ginseng may be beneficial to promoting healthy immune system in hiv individuals. I...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your comments and questions.I'm personally not an expert on Asian herbals, though am aware of claims of immune enhancement by these extracts. Despite some publications of small clinical trials in hepatitis B, none, to my knowledge... Read more »


Is it okay to take Astragalus with HAART....
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
We have no interaction data at all. I would not take it if i was youNelson... Read more »


Hi Dr Young, first thank you for all your answers, my question is if i can take a herbal multivitamin with out iron but it contain ginger and astragalus, I just want to know if there any problem with my current regimen of Combivir and Viramune.Thank...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Dear Spanish-Thanks for your comments-- I'm not aware of any significant drug-drug interactions between the supplements and antiretrovirals that you've listed.I'd recommend letting your doctor know what supplements or vitamins your... Read more »
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Natural remedies? Not on meds yet....

Posted by cassiusp, 8 Replies
Not yet on meds, still have a decent T cell count. Started taking Korean Ginseng. NAC, ST Johns Wort and Lysine (collagen, I am a little paranoid about wrinkles :) ) and a good multivit. Oh and plan to start breathing meditations with my BF (he... Read more »