Immune boosters

Herbal Immune boosters

There are several herbs which have powerful immune-enhancing effects. These include echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia and E. purpurea), astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), ginseng (Panax ginseng and Eleutherococcus senticosus), garlic (Allium sativum) and cat's claw (Pau d'Arco). Mushrooms such as shiitake, reishi and maitake also help to enhance immune system function.

Immune boosters Suma enhances the immune system and helps the body adapt to stress.

• Astragalus boosts the immune system and generates anticancer cells in the body. Caution: Do not take this herb if you have a fever.

• Bayberry, fenugreek hawthorn, horehound, licorice root, and red clover enhance the immune response. Caution: If used on a long-term basis (more than 6 weeks), licorice can elevate blood pressure and cause water and sodium retention. Do not take it if you have high blood pressure, and no one should take it on a daily basis for more than 7 consecutive days.

•  One of the most popular immune boosters is echinacea.

•  Immune boosters: Goldenseal also strengthens the immune system while it cleanses the body. Caution: Do not take internally on a daily basis for more than 1 week at a time. Use with caution if you have a ragweed allergy.

Dosages may vary, depending on the duration and severity of your symptoms. Consult a qualified herbal practitioner, and tell your physician of your decision to treat herbally. Some herbal remedies cannot be used in combination with conventional pharmaceuticals.

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