Chinese herbs: a clinical review of Astragalus, Ligusticum, and Schizandrae

Altern Med Rev. 1998 Oct;3(5):338-44.


Although Astragalus, Ligusticum and Schizandrae have a long history of medicinal use within the traditional Chinese system, only recently has the West begun to understand their pharmacological possibilities and clinical applications. Astragalus has demonstrated a wide range of immunopotentiating effects and has proven efficacious as an adjunct cancer therapy. Ligusticum, and its active components, have been investigated for enhancement of the immune system, treatment of ischemic disorders, and as an anti-inflammatory. Clinically, the hepato-protective and antioxidant actions of Schizandrae have proven beneficial in the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Drug Synergism
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / adverse effects
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / pharmacology
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use*
  • Hepatitis / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Immune System / drug effects
  • Ischemia / drug therapy


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal