You’ve probably heard of natural cold remedies like echinacea, garlic, and goldenseal. But here is a remedy that may be even better! So just what is this miracle remedy? It’s an ancient Chinese herb called huang qi, which means “yellow leader,” but you probably know it by its more common name… astragalus.
Native to China, Mongolia, and Korea, astragalus is a herb that grows up to three feet tall. Known botanically as “astragalus membranaceus,” the yellow root has various medicinal uses.
White blood cells (WBCs), or leukocytes, are the defensive frontline of the immune system. They are like valiant foot soldiers who selflessly protect their territory against all ‘invaders’ or foreign bodies, real or imagined. Knowing this information, you can imagine how important it is to keep your white blood cell count in normal range, and always replenished. Below you will learn of 2 foods that are great at making this happen, thereby boosting overall immunity.
WBCs are created in bone marrow, the spongy tissue at the center of large bones. Although five distinct types of WBC’s have been identified, the “first responders,” called the neutrophils, are the most abundant. In fact, “the lower the neutrophil count, the greater the risk of (and severity of) infection.”
It’s cold and flu season again, and time to make sure your immune system is up to the task of protecting you. One of the best ways to make sure your immune system is first rate is through the use of adaptogens, a group of substances that have nonspecific actions in the body and create minimal disruption while they normalize body functions. Two Chinese herbs for cold and flu season, Astragalas and Schisandra, are adaptogens rapidly gaining favor in the Western world.
It’s likely that you’ve heard about the detrimental effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels can affect every physiological system in your body including your thyroid and adrenal glands. It can make you anxious and irritable, lead to weight gain and bone loss, contribute to diabetes and heart disease risk, and deplete your energy levels.
Cortisol is also known as the aging hormone. When cortisol gets too high it puts you into a “fight or flight” response which stimulates your sympathetic nervous system and your adrenal glands. When this occurs there is a decrease in your digestive secretions and a increase in blood pressure. This puts your body in a state of constant stress which will burn out your adrenal glands, stress your digestive tract, and cause you to age more rapidly. So if you want to look younger, feel younger, and be healthy you must get your cortisol levels balanced. (more…)
Answers to the mystery of immortality may already be growing in your home garden. The very same herbs that help in the healing of innumerable diseases, infections and chronic illnesses can also help us to live longer, healthier lives. (more…)
Astragalus is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb that has been around for over 4,000 years. Astragalus is an adaptogenic, nontoxic herb and plant extract that helps the body resist the damaging effects of stress while restoring normal physiological function. Astragalus aids adrenal function, digestion, metabolism, combats fatigue and increases stamina. Astragalus is very effective in helping people with AIDS and has even proven to have an anti-tumor effect and can increase the efficacy of chemotherapy. (more…)
Image 1: Astragalus membranaceus, one of the 50 fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). A purported telomerase activator that contains potent antioxidants.
There is hardly one month passing without some media reports about a group of scientists who supposedly found the royal route to health and longevity. With all those potentially life-extending drugs, herbals and nutritional supplements that have thus surfaced in the course of the last decades, it is actually almost surprising that we still die like flies, isn’t it? Well, one possibility would obviously be that the scientifically-backed wonder-potions you can buy in the snake-oil shops all over the Internet do not work at all – impossible? I don’t think so. Consequently, I was and still am very skeptical about the dubious claims about the “life-extending” effects of a patentedAstragalus membranaceus (also Astragalus propinquus) extract – and that despite or, I should say, because of its “scientifically proven” effect on telomerase length in 114 older (63 +/-12 years) subjects. After all, the respective study was not only by the owner of the company which holds the patent for T-65(R), a (I quote) “>95% pure single chemical entity isolated from a proprietary extract of the dried root of Astragalus membranaceus” (Harley. 2011), but the authors (guess what all somehow involved in the sale of the product) also use several more or less clever tricks to polish their results. While they have to admit that (more…)
Many cancer patients augment conventional medical treatment with complementary medicine, such as nutritional or herbal supplements. The newest research and decades of successful clinical use show that some of these natural treatments work very effectively to fight cancer and reduce side effects.
Here are the best science-based complementary treatments for cancer. It’s usually fine to take several of these supplements simultaneously, but be sure to talk to your doctor first. For help finding an integrative practitioner, go to http://nccam.nih.gov/health/practitioner. (more…)
There are many supplements that boast cold fighting properties. The jury is still out on whether or not many of them offer any real benefits, but there are a few tried and true supplements that can help to alleviate the symptoms of the common cold. (more…)