How herbs for the immune system improve your health
Native Remedies (04/18/2009)

The human body is a complex system of actions and reactions where each organ, gland and body system has a dedicated role. The immune system acts as a sort of a watch dog and comes into action the moment there is something wrong with the body, a bacterial invasion, for example.

Simply said, your immune system is your body’s own physician that protects against a wide range of disease causing antigens. It is obvious that immune system health is a primary factor that affects your overall health.

The quick fix solution provided by the antibiotic alternative for treating even self healing conditions and its indiscriminate use has resulted in the development of drug resistant bacteria. In addition, new strains of bacteria are developing as they undergo various mutations around us.

Herbs provide a natural defense against bacteria, even those that have developed resistance to antibiotic drugs. Moreover, an increased use of herbal antibiotics can go a long way in restricting indiscriminate use of antibiotic drugs, thus ensuring that the drugs will still be effective when we really need them. For example, aloe, garlic and grapefruit seed extract are very effective in defending the body from Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli and salmonella. Other herbs that have proven antibiotic effects include goldenseal myrrh, usnea and arctostaphylos uva-ursi.

Similarly, there are other properties that lie hidden in many herbs that need to be explored. Astragalus membranaceus is a plant that survives even the harshest winter. Known as huang qi, it has been an integral part of traditional Chinese herbs for immune system. It works on the immune system as a tonic while improving lung, adrenal gland and gastrointestinal functions. In addition it improves metaboilsm, increases sweating, helps in healing and counters fatigue.

Allopathic drugs including antibiotics are based on a solitary compound and thus target a specific disease or infection. Herbs, on the other hand, have a composite structure and contain complex compounds. Common sage (Salvia officinalis), for example has been recommended for virtually every ailment and there exists evidence of its effectiveness in many disorders including the Alzheimer’s disease.

The immune system of the body is the first line of defense against foreign substances and organisms. Its dedicated function is comprises recognizing and ultimatley destroying harmful foreign substances. The immune system is also easily impaired.

The easily identifiable factors that weaken the immune system are depression and physical and emotional stress. An improper diet, alcoholism, recreational drugs, common drugs, especially antibiotics and steroids and a physically unfit body can also cause long term harm.

The occurrence of a disease is not by itself an indication of a weakened immune system. However, recurrent conditions like infections, frequent depressive episodes and cold and sore throat are indications of a weak immune system.

Herbs for immune system have been part and parcel of traditional therapies and modern homoepathy. At the same time, herbs have an intrinsic nature of being effective only in recommended doses. Some of the herbs are extremely toxic in their undiluted form and special attention must be paid to it.

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