Herbs for Immunity

Herbs for Immunity

Herbs for Immunity

Chinese Herbs for Immunity
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Herbs for Immunity

Herbs for immunity or drugs for immunity?  In the West, the idea of an immune system is a recent idea, less than a hundred years old, however in China, doctors were strengthening the defensive energy (wei qi) over a thousand years ago.

Thus today,  there are herbs and herb formulas that have been perfected to strengthen the WEI QI (immunity).  The most well known of these herbs is HUANG QI, astragalus.  Astragalus has many uses besides as an immune enhancer.

Astragalus Benefits

Astragalus (HUANG QI) has many known uses.  It  strengthens the Spleen, Stomach, Qi and Blood, as well as benefitting the Wei Qi (immune system). Research has shown it to lower blood pressure and increase endurance and immunity. This herb is recognized for increasing the body’s resistance and is now considered one of the world’s greatest immune tonics.

Other  Herbs with Possible Immune Enhancing Effects

TCM regards the Lungs as regulating the Wei Qi, because the lungs control the pores of the skin. The lungs are the first organs in contact with the external environment. As such, the lungs are called the “umbrella” organ. They providing protection from external pathogens.  For this reason, many herbs that strengthen the Lung Qi are also considered to strengthen the Wei Qi.

A few of these potential immune enhancers are:

Cordyceps (DONG CHONG XIA CAO) is considered by some to be another immune-boosting herb.  It has also been used to increase endurance and sexual performance.

Asian Ginseng  (REN SHEN) powerfully tonifies the lung qi, digestive qi, and the “original qi”.  It is the only herb believed to have the ability to extend life, making it the most prized of all herbs.

Codonopsis (DANG SHEN) Sometimes known as “poor man’s ginseng”, codonopsis has most of the functions of Asian Ginseng, except the ability to tonify the original qi (extend life)

Formulas for Strengthening Immunity

  • Jade Shield
  • Astra C Pills
  • Jade Windscreen



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