Naturopathy emphasises the healing power of nature. The use of herbs is an important component of naturopathic practice. Specific herbal formulations can help support a healthy immune system. They can assist with conditions such as respiratory infections, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, acute or chronic infections plus general immune support.
Some of my favourite herbs for enhancing the immune system include:
Echinacea (anguvstifolia / purpurea)
A great herb for promoting immune function and to increase resistance to infection. It acts mainly on innate immunity (immune defences that are activated immediately). It's main actions include - anti viral, anti bacterial, anti inflammatory and wound healing.
Andrographis (Andrographis paniculate)
An immune stimulant, perfect for acute hot conditions. It is also known as the 'King of Bitters', so it is beneficial in strengthening digestion and improving poor appetite. It is anti inflammatory, analgesic and may be beneficial for pain associated with infection.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous)
It restores, strengthens and balances the body's immune response, as well as strengthening vitality.
Always consult with a health care professional before taking any herbal supplements or formulas.
If you would like advice on improving immunity contact me at Casuarina Holistic Heath.
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