Boosting your immune system with herbs can aid in keeping your body in optimal condition to combat bacteria, infections and viruses. Today there is an increasing emphasis on strengthening the immune system through disease prevention rather than by treating existing illness.
Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes that illness is caused by a weakened immune system. Herbal remedies can enhance the body’s natural defense mechanisms. Herbs can also allow your body to resist infectious agents without the adverse side effects of conventional medications.
The immune system has two defense mechanisms: Natural, which utilizes white blood cells to protect from disease, and acquired, in which specialized cells strengthen and increase antibodies to defend against pathogens.
While many individuals depend on pharmaceuticals for health and treatment of illness, over 80 percent of the world’s population relies on herbal remedies for healing and health.
By allowing the body to combat infections without antibiotics, medicinal herbs can strengthen the immune system against future illness and disease.
Herbs that strengthen the immune system:
• Echinacea activates immune system chemicals which can increase defense mechanisms against viruses and bacteria.
• Astragalus is a Chinese herb which has anti-viral properties and contains antioxidants.
• Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and strengthens blood vessels.
• Goldenseal stimulates the immune and digestive systems.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine therapy for health and disease prevention. To schedule an appointment at the Clinic call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.