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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., LAc., Dipl.Ac.
If you need a little extra help boosting your immune system, you can take an herbal supplement like Jade Windscreen (Yu Ping Feng Pian). This is a tried and true formula that has been used for over a thousand years for boosting the immune system. This a great formula that's 100% natural, with no toxic substances added; unlike the flu shot. These herbs boost your first line of defense - the innate immune system, whereas the flu shot attempts to work with the second line of defense / the adaptive immune system. When strengthening your immune system it's the innate system that's important, because that's what comes into contact with pathogens first.
In fact, there's more evidence for the use of herbs to boost the immune system compared to the flu shot. When you get vaccinated you become the guinea pig, because there are no long - term studies on these vaccinations before they release them to the public.
The herbs used in Yu Ping Feng Pian are a combination of natural antivirals / antibacterials, and natural immune boosters. The two primary herbs in this formula have been extensively researched in both the East and the West. The Chief herb being:
Huang Qi [Radix astragali]- a.k.a Astragulus in Western botanical medicine, is a really awesome herb! In Chinese medicine (CM) Huang Qi has the following actions:
Huang Qi (astragulus) is in a category of herbs called adaptogens. I truely believe mother nature designed these herbs specifically for Westerners, because their claim to fame is allowing the organism to adapt to any non - specific environmental stressor, while providing resistance to such factors. Adaptogens normalize and balance regardless of the pathological condition. The Western botanical actions are as follows:
The second herb in this formula is Bai Zhu [white atractylodus], which is considered the deputy in the formula, is also a big immune upregulator, and biomedically, Bai Zhu can boost white blood cell counts when they're low; and help prevent acute intestinal infection. In CM Bai Zhu has the following functions:
Fang Feng [Saposhnikovia divaricata] is the assistant in the formula; its functions are:
Modern research shows that this herb has antipyretic features (abates fever), alleviates pain and convulsion, inhibits inflammation, and has both antiviral and antibiotic effects.
The Kan formula above has 4 additional herbs added for additional support (Shan Yao, Hei Zao, Gui Zhi, Bai Shao). These herbs also have immune up-regulating actions, anti-inflammatory abilities, as well as, antiviral and antibacterial functions.
Herbs are what nature gave us and intended for us to use for healing. When you use an herbal formula, you know exactly what is in there - herbs. A vaccination on the other hand, is synthetic, untested, and contains substances that are harmful to your health, and things you likely would not want to ingest or have your child ingest like: human and animal cell lines (usually taken from fetal tissue), human and animal blood serum, toxic chemicals, additives, antibiotics, etc. The point here is that, 1) vaccinations are not natural, 2) just take care of yourself (eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep), 3) if you need an immune booster, take something natural like an herbal formula that has 1000's of years of clinical efficacy. There is no need to worry about cold and flu season. vaccinations are profit driven, when you get a vaccination you're contributing to a trillion dollar global industry and lining the pockets of Big Pharma. Be smart and stay healthy!
Kan Jade Windscreen available here!
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