herbs for infection

Herbs for strong immunity


We think of herbs as so gentle and subtle. How can they work when drugs can’t? Herbs may become some of our best weapons against drug-resistant diseases. Herbs work differently from drug antibiotics. Herbs work with each person’s own immune system. Drugs work against the harmful organism. As heroic medicine, drugs often work best for short time use, to arrest a virulent pathogen and give your body a chance to stabilize so your own immune response can take over. But antibiotic drugs target all bacteria in your body, not just harmful ones. So they wipe out friendly bacteria in the intestines, important for immune strength and protection against Candida yeast overgrowth, E. Coli and Salmonella infections. Antibiotics taken over a long time weaken your immune response. Research from Baylor School of Medicine reveals that antibiotics actually prevent your immune system’s white blood cells from attacking and killing pathogenic bacteria. Herbs work with your own immune defenses, to support the lymphatic system of disease, and stimulate your immune response without harming healthy tissue. Herbs are living medicines that interact with our bodies in a very complex way. We may never understand all their healing power, but one way is to remind ourselves that whole herbs are foods. Herbs work with our enzyme and digestive functions just as foods do. As with foods, herb interactions with drugs are rare. Would you stop eating spinach, for instance, just because you’re taking an antibiotic? Herb healing pathways are different from drugs - even for drugs that originally started as plants.

There Are The Three Categories Of Herbs You Can Use For Your Natural Immune Arsenal:

1. Immune Boosters: They aren’t direct germ killers, but they illustrate how herbs like echinacea and astragalus work as opposed to drug antibiotics.

• Echinacea

• Astragalus

2. Lymph Flushers: They work with the lymphatic system, your immune system’s circulatory process, to flush, filter and engulf pathogens, rendering them innocuous.

• Echinacea

• Seaweed

• Bitters herbs

3. Super powerful supplements that may be a good tool to wipe out supergerms.

• Olive leaf extract

• Tea tree oil

• Garlic

• Oregano oil

• Propolis

• Probiotics

• Selenium

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Do you have a cold or flu? Take this self-test.

Many people around the U.S. are still miserable with cold and flu symptoms. If you're unsure which you have, please review my self-test for colds and flu from my book, Healthy Healing 14th Edition. Colds and flu are distinct and separate upper respiratory infections, triggered by different viruses. The flu is more serious, because it can spread to the lungs, and cause severe bronchitis or pneumonia. In the beginning stages, the symptoms of colds and flu can be similar. Nose, eyes and mouth are usually the sites of invasion from cold viruses. The most likely target for the flu virus is the respiratory tract.

A Cold Profile looks like this:

• Slow onset. No prostration.

• Body aches—largely due to the release of interferon (an immune stimulator).

• Rarely accompanied by fever and headache.

• Localized symptoms such as sore throat, sinus congestion, listlessness, runny nose and sneezing.

• Mild to moderate chest discomfort.

• Sore or burning throat common.

A Flu Profile looks like this:

• Swift and severe onset.

• Early and prominent prostration with flushed, hot, moist skin.

• Usually accompanied by high (102° -104°) fever, headache and sore eyes.

• General symptoms like chills, depression and body aches.

• Extreme fatigue, sometimes lasting 2-3 weeks.

• Acute chest discomfort, with severe hacking cough.

• Sore throat occasionally.

If you’re feeling under the weather, please make sure to get plenty of rest. Light exercise is better than intense exercise during a cold or flu.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

January Herb of the Month- Goldenseal

Goldenseal root:Hydrastis canadensis. One of the most popular, thus one of the most endangered, herbs on the American market today. Today’s common uses: One of the top five selling herbs in the U.S. It works both internally and externally. It’s a classic herb to take at the first signs of a cold.

Traditional Herbal Medicine uses: Widely used by Native Americans for digestive problems, hepatitis, tumors, fevers, catarrh, eye infections, mouth ulcers, and gonorrhea. Native Americans introduced goldenseal to European settlers around 1760, where it was used for cuts, scrapes and skin infections. Goldenseal’s ‘golden age’ came during the Civil War, where it was $1 per pound, as expensive as ginseng, and widely used to treat battle wounds. It gained a reputation as a panacea, a “poor man’s Ginseng.” It was gathered to the point of near extinction, still a problem today.

Therapeutic parts: root and leaf.

Delivery forms: tincture, capsules, tea, skin wash, douche, poultice, gargle, ear drops. Key compounds: The main compounds in goldenseal are the highly active, synergistic alkaloids berberine, canadine and hydrastine. Berberine and hydrastine have strong antibiotic action, and help the liver and gall bladder through bile secretion. Goldenseal is very high in cobalt and silicon, high in iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamin C, significant amounts of chromium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3.

Safety precautions: Avoid during pregnancy because of uterine muscle stimulation. Helps childbirth during labor, by stimulating uterine muscles. Extended use can weaken good intestinal flora. Use as needed and supplement with acidophilus.

Works in synergy with: 1) For detoxification: with licorice rt., chaparral, burdock, pau d’ arco, echinacea, vitamin C, garlic, kelp, alfalfa, dandelion, poria mushroom, ginger, prickly ash and buckthorn bark. 2) with myrrh, for the stomach. 3) echinacea, coptis root, myrrh, capsicum, marshmallow and yarrow as a first aid, front line defense responder.