One of the most wonderful herbs to help strengthen our immune system as we approach the cold/flu season is Huang Qi, also commonly known as Astragalus. It can be powerful to stave off infections...so it's fitting that it looks like a tongue depressor. Huang Qi serves as a qi tonic for two of the most important organs to maintain a strong immune system: the lung and the spleen. It is warm and drying in nature, so it also helps the body maintain homeostatic balance with Portland's notoriously cold and damp falls/winters, keeping our bodies running optimally. Research shows that astragalus increases white blood cell count in both human and animal trials, and inhibits proliferation of certain bacteria. It has been gaining increased recognition for it's potential for treatment for antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA. Studies also show effectiveness in the use of it for prevention of cold & flu and other respiratory tract infections, including people with past histories of chronic infection, and children. If you'd like to know more about how use Astragalus to optimize your immune defenses for the upcoming season, contact us at (503) 288-7668 to schedule an appointment or complimentary consult, or schedule online. I also have an array of other modalities such as acupuncture and cupping, to keep the germs at bay and help you fully enjoy all the fun of the upcoming holiday season.
With qi, Jon