Supporting your Immune System
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on October 19, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
The immune system is your first, and most important, defense against disease and illness. It is an intricate network of cells, glands, and chemical mediators that help your body to resist and overcome infection. If your immune system is weakened from stress, poor diet, lifestyle imbalances, or underlying health conditions, you may become more susceptible to illness.
Support and Protection with Echinacea-Goldenseal Multi-Herb Formula
Echinacea-Goldenseal is a multi-herb formula designed to promote a healthy immune response. It contains the well known herbs Echinacea and Goldenseal, along with several other immune-strengthening herbs.
Both Echinacea and Goldenseal are considered to be ‘non-specific’ immune modulators, which means that their actions are upon several different components of the immune system, rather than upon a single, specific area. It is this feature which enables them to be effective against a wider variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Additional immune-supportive herbs in this formula include fresh Yerba Mansa root, excellent for decreasing inflammation of the mucous membranes, along with Oregon Grape, Licorice, Red Root, and several others.
Like Goldenseal, Oregon Grape contains the alkaloid berberine, which has a powerful, natural antimicrobial action. Licorice provides expectorant action to facilitate release of congested mucous, and Red Root is a powerful lymphatic decongestant that helps ensure removal of toxins and other byproducts of infection.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan