Astragalus may be an effective treatment against leukopenia. - GreenMedInfo Summary
[Treatment of leucopenia with pure Astragalus preparation--an analysis of 115 leucopenic cases].
Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1995 Aug;15(8):462-4. PMID: 8580691
This article reports the effects of pure Astragalus preparation (PAP) in treating 115 cases of leucopenia. These cases were randomized and divided into two groups. Group I (58 cases) was treated by more concentrated PAP (every 10 ml equalled to 15 grams of Astragalus), Group II (57 cases) was treated by less concentrated PAP (every 10 ml equalled to 5 grams of Astragalus). The patients took the PAP twice a day, 10 ml each time. The course of treatment was 8 weeks for both groups. The results showed that effectiveness in Group I was 82.76%, while in Group II 47.37%, with a total effective rate of 65.22%, they were statistically different (P < 0.01). According to the comparison of average WBC counts after treatment, Group I was significantly higher than that of Group II (P < 0.05). There was an obvious rise of the WBC counts in both groups after treatment (P < 0.001). The results were dose-dependent. The author holds that Astragalus is an effective drug in treating leucopenia, and increasing the dosage could enhance its effectiveness.