Natural Herbs To Enhance Immune System
Our immune systems are the gatekeeper to our health. A healthy immune system works like the anti-virus programs for our computers. In Natural Herbs To Enhance Immune System, we are going to look at a very tried and true herb called Echinacea.
Our immune systems can be weakened by stress, environmental pollutants, obesity, tobacco and alcohol abuse and bad eating habits.
One of the immune systems functions is to know the difference between our own cells and invading pathogens. When the immune system fails to do this, we wind up with diseases such as cancer, aids, asthma, crohn’s, diabetes and on and on.
Let us look at an article about Echinacea as an immune system booster. The post is from The University of Maryland Medical Center.
“Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs in America today. This Native American medicinal plant called echinacea isÂ named for the prickly scales in its large conical seed head, which resembles the spines of an angry hedgehog (echinos is Greek for hedgehog).
Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects. For this reason, professional herbalists may recommend echinacea to treat urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast (candida) infections, ear infections (also known as otitis media), athlete’s foot, sinusitis, hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis), as well as slow-healing wounds.
One study even suggests that echinacea extract exerted an antiviral action on the development of recurrent cold sores triggered by the herpes simplex virus (HSVI) when supplied prior to infection.
Whether or not echinacea helps prevent or treat the common cold remains under debate. Some studies have shown that the herb can make you feel better faster. Others suggest that echinacea has no impact on a cold at all. Several clinical trials have shown that people who take echinacea as soon as they feel sick reduce the severity of their cold and have fewer symptoms than those who do not take the herb.
One study of 95 people with early symptoms of cold and flu (such as runny nose, scratchy throat, and fever) found that those who drank several cups of echinacea tea every day for 5 days felt better sooner than those who drank tea without echinacea.
A review of 14 clinical trials found that echinacea reduced the odds of developing a cold by 58% and the duration of a cold by 1 – 4 days. However, some experts dispute these findings claiming that there were several weaknesses in the analyses. Echinacea preparations tested in clinical trials differ greatly. It is important to choose a high quality echinacea supplement. Talk to your health care provider for recommendations.”
Read the entire original article from The University of Maryland Medical Center.
One big factor in immune system weakness is improper diet. The old saying that you are what you can digest, is true with the immune system as with the rest of the body.
If you do not digest the food that you eat properly, a substance known as ama is created, according to Ayurvedic Medicine. Ama is a sticky almost tar like substance that will leave the stomach and enter the blood stream to compromise the immune system.
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We will end Natural Herbs To Enhance Immune System with that. Hope you enjoyed the post!