With so much talk of flu epidemics and questions about the efficacy and safety of vaccines, I feel it’s  important to offer another perspective on how to take charge and fortify your immune system against disease. The following article was written by my herbal mentor and teacher, David Winston, RH(AHG).

The Herbalists and Alchemists line of herbal products that he formulated is top of the line.  I’ve used many of these products with my patients and family.  I love his Audio tape series, which is how I got started with him before taking his 2 year Herbal Practitioner Program. He also has more advanced herbal and health condition  topics on CD

While David and I don’t see eye to eye 100% on dietary recommendations, his approach to herbs is the best I’ve seen.  He combines extensive scientific research with spiritual connection to the plants  and formulates highly targeted and effective formulas.

Winter Health & Immune Support

by David Winston, RH(AHG)

The immune system is amazingly complicated; in fact there not one tissue in the body that does not have direct or indirect effect on the immune function. Overall, strengthening the immune system with adaptogenic herbs is a smart move. Also critical is a healthy diet. Eat garlic, onions, carotenoid rich foods, sulphur containing foods, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dietary bitters, healthy fats, organic meats in moderation, and wild fish. Avoid fried and junk foods, and refined carbohydrates. Low vitamin D strongly increases risk of catching viral diseases which is why the most serious outbreaks occur in the winter when people’s vitamin D levels are their lowest; many Americans are Vitamin D deficient. And make healthy lifestyle choices: sleep 7-8 hour a night, exercise, wash hands frequently, get sunlight, avoid smoking and reduce stress.

The following Herbalist & Alchemist products are useful in immune support:

Formulas:

  • Immune Adapt
  • Seven Precious Mushrooms
  • Adrenal Balance Compound
  • Sinus Support Compound
  • Immune Balance Compound
  • Alterative Compound
  • Burdock/Red Root Compound
  • Echinacea/Goldenseal Compound
  • Astragalus/Echinacea Compound
  • Ultimate Echinacea
  • Ginseng/Schisandra Compound
  • VX Immune Support
  • Healthy Kid’s Compound
  • Herbal Re-Leaf Throat Spray
  • Lung Re-Leaf Formulas (Hot/Dry, Hot/Damp, Cold/Dry,Cold/Damp, Antispasmodic)

Simple Extracts:

  • Amla
  • Holy Basil
  • American Ginseng
  • Honysuckle flower
  • Andrographis
  • Huang Qin
  • Ashwagandha
  • Hyssop
  • Astragalus
  • Isatis
  • Blueberry Solid Extract
  • Lemon Balm
  • Bupleurum
  • Licorice
  • Cat’s Claw (Una de Gato)
  • Lomatium
  • Chinese Salvia
  • Maitake
  • Codonopsis
  • Osha
  • Cordyceps
  • Reishi
  • Echinacea
  • Rhodiola
  • Elderberry Solid Extract
  • Schisandra
  • Elderflower
  • Thyme
  • Eleuthero
  • Turmeric
  • Ginseng
  • Unprocessed Rehmannia
  • Goldenseal
  • Yarrow
  • Ground Ivy

David Winston, RH(AHG) is  an ethnobotanist and internationally known lecturer and author, who, for over 35
years has been studying, practicing, teaching and researching Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal medicine.  He can be reached at http://www.herbalist-alchemist.com

There are so many things you can do to support your immune system.  You need not take all of the herbs mentioned above.  Choosing the right herb for you may take some detective work.  Use formulas that are tried and true before attempting to experiment with single herbs, unless they are recommended or you.

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Stay Healthy!

Love, Health and Joy,

Dr. Ritamarie