Along with frequent acupuncture treatments, here is another way to boost your immunity in order to stay well through spring.
You can begin by taking astragalus throughout the winter. This is an herb that is revered for its first-class immune support. It is also useful if you feel tired, weak, or apathetic.
Modern research suggests that astragalus is a “biological response modifier,” increasing the function of the adrenal cortex, helping us adapt to stress easier, and increase the production of white blood cells.1
If you have been around folks who are sneezing and coughing, try using maitake. This little mushroom can also help to stimulate the immune response. You can use this regularly, after being exposed to some nasty bug.
If you have already caught a cold, you can try echinacea. This herb can help to shorten the duration of a cold. Start using it as soon as you feel under the weather and then stop use as soon as you feel well again.
Herbs are a powerful medicine. It is helpful to consult with an herbalist to make sure you are getting the right type of herbs.
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1 Between Heaven and Earth, Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Kornngold, 1991.
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