By Jing Struve
CEO & Executive Director of Farlong Pharmaceutical
In addition to eating a proper diet, exercising regularly, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep, there are several natural remedies and supplements that can be taken to help boost your immune system, including echinacea, astragalus, reishi and panax notoginseng.
Echinacea is a flowering plant that grows in the U.S. and Canada. The natural remedy has been used for centuries to combat numerous ailments, fight the common cold and flu, and treat pain and migraines. The antioxidant can lessen symptoms and decrease the length of recovery in already present infections and illnesses. Available in tablets, tinctures, extracts and teas, echinacea is high in antioxidants, which makes it an ideal herb to help maintain a healthy immune system.
With thousands of years of medicinal use, astragalus helps boost the immune system by improving the function of the immune cells that help the body ward off infections and balance inflammatory cytokines. Its active ingredients have been shown to help maintain the microbiome in the gastrointestinal tract while supporting the membranes and cells in the intestinal tract, which as a result helps the immune system in the respiratory system. The plant is available as a capsule, liquid extract, or tea.
Reishi is one of the most popular mushrooms for medicinal purposes as it contains beta-glucans, which have been shown to stimulate a variety of cells in the immune system. In return, the stimulation increases the body’s capability to detect and fight off infections. Studies have shown reishi can help alleviate anxiety and depression, improve sleep and provide clarity and focus. Reishi comes in capsules or a powder that can be added to food and beverages.
Panax notoginseng helps with heart and vascular health, physical performance and stamina, and to regulate the immune system. It can restore blood pressure to normal levels and alleviate chest pain, and the herbal extract also has anti-aging effects and anti-inflammatory properties that can assist with acne flare-ups and skin conditions. The active elements of the herb can help build the body’s protective defense system and strengthen resistance. Panax notoginseng can be taken orally in capsule or powder form.
Before it’s too late, take time to evaluate your overall health including your eating and sleeping habits, exercise routine, and daily intake of vitamins and supplements. As each body is unique, it’s important to do your research and see which natural remedies would best serve your body’s needs.
About the Author:
Jing Struve has over 16 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and is the executive director at Farlong Pharmaceutical. Inspired by the healing power of ancient Oriental remedies, Jing is passionate about applying these techniques in concert with modern technology to assist people in living healthier and better lives. Since 1998, her company has developed a line of natural, GRAS and scientifically proven functional ingredients and products that promote a healthy life from seed to shelf. Jing studied Traditional Chinese Medicine with the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and is currently enrolled in The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine PhD program at Alhambra Medical University.