Posted by: injoynow | November 10, 2009

Complete Herbalist’s Perspective on Immune Support

People Boost Immune Support

people boost immune support
Although Herbal Energetics has developed many successful formulas to aid those if they get sick, taking care to stay well is always the best choice. This Immune Support formula is filled with potent herbs and helpers to do just that. It is designed to help you take charge of you own health and feel empowered to do so.

Herbs in the Immune Support formula:

One of the most important herbs for boosting the immune system that I know. It actually builds resistance to colds and flus and other externally contracted diseases. Not only that, but it also helps with exhaustion, poor digestion, and metabolism, weakness, shortness of breath, prolapsed organs, and it tonifies the blood. It strengthens chronically weak lungs, reduces deficiency edema, heals wounds and is used for UTI’s. It is a major herb used for cancer. It protects the adrenal cortical function esp. useful in chemotherapy. It decreases bone marrow suppression, increases white blood count, lessens chemotherapy and radiation side effects and inhibits the spread of tumors.

Chaga Mushroom:
One of nature’s oldest medicinal herbs, called by some the “Medicinal King of Herbs” has been used in Russia since the 16th century for a wide variety of ailments, including cancer. It contains over 215 phytonutrients with one of the highest ORAC values at almost 60,000 (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) meaning one of the highest substances on the antioxidant scale. It is recommended that we consume at least 7,000 ORAC daily to help lower the risk of cancer and other immune dysfunctions. It is also one of the highest sources of vitamin Bs on earth. Chaga contains a full spectrum of immune stimulating phytochemicals, including 20% beta glucan, which has the ability to activate the immune system without over stimulating it. It also stands out in clinical trials to inhibit the growth of tumors. Chaga grows on birch trees and draws its nutrients from them, one being betulinic acid which is being studied as a chemotherapeutic agent. It has also been shown to reduce stress, and fatigue, improve sleep, resist disease, regulate nerves and muscles, enhance mental clarity, and aid with digestive problems.

Burdock Root: A good blood, liver, kidney and lymphatic cleanser, thus important for immune health. Clears heat, infections, and inflammations, benefits arthritis, and rheumatism. It is also used for stimulating digestion, calming liver related restlessness, some cancers, mastitis, and skin conditions.

Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero): An important adaptogenic herb that helps the body adapt to and withstand stress more effectively, increasing overall health, energy, endurance and concentration. It enhances oxygen metabolism in the tissues and organs, strengthens digestion, and the kidneys, supports adrenal function, helps alleviate chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction, and enhances overall resistance to disease.

Japanese Knotweed: A newly introduced herb, high in resveratrol (which is also found in red grapes to a lesser degree) with a significant amount of antioxidant power. It has a multitude of health benefits and improves overall health, protecting the body from health related conditions, mainly those from modern day living. Benefits include boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, increasing liver and hearth health, reducing HDL cholesterol, improving circulation, regulating blood sugar, balancing hormones, promoting longevity, weight loss, and promoting skin tone.

Ginger Root: Widely used all over the world for its multitude of healing properties, ginger is commonly used as a digestive aid and for its warming and stimulating energy. It is a strong anti-inflammatory and useful for colds and flu and other conditions of congestion as well as for cramps, pains and spasms, diarrhea and general coldness. It is used in many formulas to enhance the workings of other herbs.

Hawthorne Berries: A strong cardiac tonic used for both emotional and physical heart issues. It increases oxygen uptake, stimulates circulation, regulates blood pressure and irregular heart beats, reduces blood lipids and cholesterol, strengthens the heart muscle, and helps maintain a healthy heart, veins and arteries. When the heart is in balance, the mind can rest. That being the case, the body can then move into a state of wellness. In this formula it is also used, as the Chinese use it, to aid in digestion and assimilation.

Milk Thistle Seeds: Protects the liver from chemicals and other toxins, increases the resistance of the membranes against negative influences and regenerates the liver. It aids most all liver conditions. It is specific for congestion and inflammation of the liver, gallbladder, spleen and kidneys and is an antioxidant. A healthy liver is able to resist disease more effectively.

Orange Peel: Very high in vitamin C and bioflavinoides, this is also used in Chinese formulas for “stagnant stomach chi”, thus aiding and regulating digestion.

Rose Hips: One of the best natural sources of vitamin C, helping the body’s defenses against infections. They also help relieve exhaustion and mild gallbladder, kidney and bladder conditions.

Tulsi/Holy Basil: Imbued with healing powers, this herb is considered India’s ”Queen of Herbs” and has been used for 5,000 years. As an adaptogen, it supports the body’s immune system and promotes and maintains wellness. Referred to by herbalists as a rejuvenative herb, qi tonic, and a restorative herb, it helps the body adapt to environmental, physical and emotional stressors, support normal functions, and restore balance.

Wood Betony: Feeds, calms and strengthens the central nervous system. It helps one to be grounded, relieves gastrointestinal irritability and aids cerebral circulation.

Other Recommendations for Wellness:
Take probiotics on a regular basis. Probiotics increase health-enhancing intestinal bacteria and serve to prevent the overgrowth of potentially harmful bacteria in the gut. The gastrointestinal tract is a major part of the immune sysyem. The surface area of the digestive tract is approximately the size of a football field! As such, the immune system must work hard to prevent pathogens from entering into blood and lymph. A low ph (ranging from 1 to 4) in the stomach kills many harmful microorganisms that enter it. Some people my need additional stomach acid to achieve this state. This can be obtained with Bitters Formulas or HCL.

Other factors in the GI tract help with immune function as well, including enzymes in the saliva and bile. Additional enzymes may also be helpful. Vitamin D3 is also essential for immune health as well as for overall health and wellbeing. 5,000 units daily are recommended by many. This cannot be over emphasised.

In these ways it aids the body in maintaining wellness.


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