Immune Health Now- East Meets West

Cold and flu season is upon us again, and this year it is shaping up to be a whopper! Now is the time to bolster our first line of defense against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.

The superior path in Traditional Chinese Medicine is to prevent disease rather than resorting to treating symptoms after they occur. In Ancient China, the doctors were paid in advance to keep the community well. Fortunately, there are several things we can all do now based on ancient wisdom to make sure that our natural Immune Defense Systems are strong and ready to protect us.

Prevention of Cold and Flu:

In Chinese Medicine, it is the Protective Energy (Wei Chi) in our Lung/Metal Element that is responsible for protecting us against colds and flu – and for maintaining our immunity. In addition to respiration, the energy of the Lung/Metal Element relates to governing the functions of immunity, elimination and also the skin. The Metal Element is also associated with the emotions of grief and sadness. Autumn is

the Season related to the Metal Element and is the time when our Lung Energy (also known as “Lung Chi”) is the highest. If our Lung Energy is strong, we will travel through this period with few respiratory, skin or elimination problems. If our Lung Energy is weakened, then we are at risk for contracting colds and flu – and any viral or bacterial infections we may become exposed to. Our Lung Energy is strengthened by participating in aerobic exercise and by practicing abdominal breathing. Healing foods that strengthen the Lung Energy include white foods – in Chinese Medicine white is the color that strengthens the Lung/Metal Element. These include Cauliflower, potato, and apple. Pears are particularly moisturizing for the Lungs. Ginger, Turmeric and Garlic are important Lung tonics. (See my Immune Boosting Tea Decoction recipe below) Also beneficial are mild curries and chili peppers.

For other important foods and supplement suggestions – please review the excellent article posted by Ann Louise Gittleman on October 17th, entitled “Viral Vigilance” and the 10 important recommendations she has outlined for us: http://www.annlouise.com/blog/2014/10/17/viral-vigilance/#more-9752

Other things you can do to increase your cold, flu and virus fighting ability include:

1) Keep your neck warm and protected from Wind, Cold and Rain. Make sure that you protect the back of your neck after warming up from exercise and heading out into the cold weather. Chinese Medicine knows that this is where so called “Evil Chi” enters the body.

2) Sleep with your windows closed – again because of the wind or “Evil Chi” issue. It is important to protect your body from cold drafts during the night. Keep windows shut, turn off fans, and keep your chest and back covered with a tee shirt or pajama top. At night, the defensive chi (Wei Chi) of the immune system flows much deeper within the body than during the day, leaving us more vulnerable to being invaded overnight.

3) Hot Ginger Bath – A warm ginger bath can stimulate your immune system and help stave off an impending cold or flu. Roughly chop 2-3 1×1 inch pieces of ginger and boil this in 4 cups of water for 20 minutes after it comes to a boil. Add this tea to your bath water and soak for approximately 5-10 minutes with your Epson Salts until you have broken a mild sweat. Don’t stay in the bath for too long as this is draining. Dry off thoroughly and get into your PJ’s and straight into bed. This is a relaxing way to boost your immunity for prevention or if you have been exposed to a potential virus.

4) Avoid Alcohol, sugar and excessive grains – Alcohol impairs immune function and it is best to be avoided. Sugar and grains are pro-inflammatory and put more strain on immune function.

5) Acupuncture and Cupping – These TCM techniques are often used to boost immunity and are recommended for prevention of disease, as well as for treatment of all stages of cold and flu. Receiving regular treatments will boost immunity.

6) Herbal Medicine – Herbal Fortress Astragalus Forte – 500mg. Astragalus Root is a very famous Chinese Tonic Herb/Adaptogen that has been used for centuries. I have formulated a standardized extract which we call our Herbal Fortress Astragalus Forte – 500mg. This product contains the most

efficacious therapeutic dosage on the market of 18% active polysaccharides and 0.2% flavones per capsule. This therapeutic dose far exceeds other versions. Dr. Andrew Weil, MD has recommended our product since 1999, and has included Herbal Fortress in his book “Healthy Aging” as one of the companies that he feels is highly reliable. Our product undergoes extensive testing and quality controls and is approved by the FDA for GMP’s. You can learn more about this amazing product that is very important for immune support at my website: https://www.herbalfortress.com or contact me by e-mail with any questions or comments: mparkeromd@herbalfortress.com

7) Drink this Immune Boosting Tea Decoction to help keep your immune system strong and to fight off any viral or bacterial intruders. Wishing you Optimal Health always! Dr. Margo Jordan Parker

Immune Boosting Tea Decoction:

This savory tea will warm your body and soul – and it has immune protective benefits due to the inclusion of the Garlic, Turmeric and Ginger.

Ingredients: (can use all organic ingredients if available)

1 head Garlic, peeled (that is one entire bulb of garlic containing all the cloves, slice the cloves in half and let them sit for a few minutes before adding them to the water to help release more of their therapeutic benefits) 2 cups chopped fresh Ginger 1 cup chopped fresh Turmeric 1 large organic Lemon Honey or Stevia to taste (optional) ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

2 quarts filtered water

Method:

1) Slice the garlic, ginger and turmeric into thin strips in order to draw out all the health benefits. It is not necessary to peel these. Add the garlic, ginger and turmeric to the pot of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for approximately an hour on a low simmer, until the tea has reduced by ½.

2) Slice the lemon thinly, including the rind, and add that to the pot and boil for another 20 minutes.

3) Along with the lemon add a ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more or less to your taste)

4) Let the tea cool and strain and pour a cup. The rest can be stored up to 3 days in glass containers. Add honey, or stevia, to taste – optional

Note: There is still a lot of immune boosting power in the left over ingredients after making this decoction and you may boil them again in another 2 quarts of filtered water until it is depleted by ½

(approximately two hours on a low simmer after bring it to a boil). This additional amount can be added to the other batch.

Bio: Dr. Margo Jordan Parker, Creating Wellbeing with Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Holistic Nutrition

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Dr. Margo Jordan Parker, OMD, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.(NCCAOM)(Doctorate in Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomate of the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) has been licensed to practice Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine since 1985. She received her Doctorate in Oriental Medicine in 1986 and has appeared on national TV as a pioneer in the field. Dr. Margo has been a Coeur d’Alene resident since 2001 and her office is located in Riverstone at the Coeur d’Alene Hand Therapy and Healing Center. She founded the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program at Tucson’s Canyon Ranch Spa and Resort, and helped develop Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. She was also one of the first Acupuncturists in the US to be fully credentialed to work alongside MDs in a teaching hospital. Dr. Margo has authored a chapter on Chinese Herbal Medicine in The Clinician’s Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine and helped develop the Chinese Medicine curriculum for Dr. Andrew Weil. She is also the CEO of Herbal Fortress, which manufactures herbal and aromatherapy products.

Herbal Fortress® Siberian Eleuthero Forté


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  • Standardized Extract – Laboratory Tested
  • Adaptogenic Energizer*
  • 500 mg Siberian Eleuthero Extract.
  • Quality Guaranteed (0.8% eleutherosides)
  • Botanical name: Eleutherococcus senticocus / Pin Yin: ci wu jia
  • eleuthero (E. Senticosus) Formerly known as “Siberian Ginseng”
  • 60 Vegetarian capsules. Dose: 2 capsules daily taken with warm water or tea. May be taken with food or between meals.

*What is Siberian Eleuthero?

Siberian Eleuthero is a remarkable herb from Russia, and is the root of the herb formerly known as “Siberian Ginseng.” Eleuthero is considered a tonic herb and it is an adaptogen*. As an adaptogen, Siberian Eleuthero also helps the body adapt to stress. It does this by supporting healthy adrenal gland functions, allowing them to function optimally when challenged by stress. Siberian Eleuthero has been shown to enhance mental acuity and physical endurance without the “crash” that comes with caffeinated products. Another way that Siberian Eleuthero supports the body is by combating harmful toxins*. Siberian Eleuthero helps increase mental alertness, combat fatigue, and to boost the body’s healing system. Eleuthero is beneficial for physical endurance and has a remarkable normalizing and strengthening effect on the body. Siberian Eleuthero improves energy naturally. It benefits the liver, kidney and lung functions. Russian scientists concluded that Siberian Eleuthero (formerly called Siberian Ginseng), was similar in properties to Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng). Thus, the misleading term “Siberian ginseng” was coined in the early 1950’s. The US Farm Bureau ruled that the name “Siberian ginseng” be discontinued in the US in the early 2,000’s because it is not actually in the ginseng family. The name should now be either Eleuthero or Siberian Eleuthero; but many companies have not complied to date.

*How does Siberian Eleuthero work?

Eleuthero has a wide range of beneficial actions on performance, wellness and adaptation to change. The active constituents in the root of the plant contains a series of steroid-like compounds (eleutherosides) that counteract the “alarm” stage of stress response in the body, and benefits the adrenals. It has also been shown to be very beneficial and balancing for women during menopause. Siberian Eleuthero helps women overcome the fatigue associated with hormonal fluctuations*. *Siberian Eleuthero has demonstrated ability to increase stamina and endurance. This led Soviet Olympic athletes to use it to enhance their training. Explorers, divers, sailors, and miners used Siberian Eleuthero to prevent stress-related illness. After the Chernobyl accident, many Russian and Ukrainian citizens were given Siberian Eleuthero to counteract the effects of radiation. Research has shown that Siberian Eleuthero improves the use of oxygen by the exercising muscle, which means that a person is able to maintain aerobic exercise longer and recover from workouts more quickly*.

*Health benefits of Siberian Eleuthero[return]

Healthy people taking 450 mg of the standardized extract (0.8%) two – three times per day have been shown to produce increased numbers of immune cells (T lymphocytes)*. Siberian Eleuthero has been used as an adaptogenic energizer in connection with the following conditions: Primary: Fatigue and Stress Secondary: Chemotherapy Support Other: menopause balance, endurance support, fatique support*

Cautions

Reported side effects from using Siberian Eleuthero are minimal. Mild, transient diarrhea has been reported by a very small number of users. Siberian Eleuthero may cause insomnia in some people if taken too close to bedtime. Eleuthero is not recommended for individuals with uncontrolled high blood pressure as the increased energy may cause a slight rise in blood pressure in some individuals. As with all herbal and dietary supplements, you should always inform your physician about what you are taking in order to avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions.

REFERENCES

  1. Collisson RJ. Siberian ginseng (Eleutheroecoccus senticosus). Brit J Phytother 1991;2:619671 .
  2. Farnsworth NR, Kinghorn AD, Soejarto DD, Waller DP. Siberian ginseng (Eleutheroecoccus senticosus): Current status as an adaptogen. In Economic and Medicinal Plant Research, vol 1, ed. H Wagner, HZ Hikino, NR Farnsworth. London: Academic Press, 1985, 15596215 .
  3. Hikino H, Takahashi M, et al. Isolation and hypoglycemic activity of eleutherans A, B, C, D, E, F and G: glycans of Eleutheroecoccus senticosus roots. J Natural Prod 1986;49:2939697.
  4. Wagner H, NF6rr H, Winterhoff H. Plant adaptogens. Phytomed 1994;1:639676.
  5. Farnsworth NR, Kinghorn AD, Soejarto DD, Waller DP. Siberian ginseng (Eleutheroecoccus senticosus): Current status as an adaptogen. In Economic and Medicinal Plant Research, vol 1, ed. H Wagner, HZ Hikino, NR Farnsworth. London: Academic Press, 1985, 15596215 .
  6. Asano K, Takahashi T, Miyashita M, et al. Effect of Eleutherococcus senticosus extract on human working capacity. Planta Medica 1986;37:1759677.
  7. Collisson RJ. Siberian ginseng (Eleutheroecoccus senticosus). Brit J Phytother 1991;2:619671 .
  8. Ben-Hur E, Fulder S. Effect of P. ginseng saponins and Eleutherococcus S. on survival of cultured mammalian cells after ionizing radiation. Am J Chin Med 1981;9:489656.
  9. Kupin VI, Polevaia EB. Stimulation of the immunological reactivity of cancer patients by eleutherococcus extract. Vopr Onkol 1986;32:219626 [in Russian].
  10. Bohn B, Nebe CT, Birr C. Flow cytometric studies with Eleutherococcus senticosus extract as an immunomodulating agent. Arzneim-Forsch Drug Res 1987;37:11939696.

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Herbal Fortress® Dong Quai Forté


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  • Standardized Extract – Laboratory Tested, Quality Guaranteed (1% Ligustilides)
  • Superior Nutritional Tonic for Women *
  • 500 mg Dong Quai (Tang Kuei) root extract – Vegetable capsule
  • Botanical name: Radix Angelicae Sinensis Pin Yin: Dang gui
  • 60 – Vegetarian capsules / Dose: 2 capsules daily. Take with warm water or tea. May be taken with food or between meals.

What is Dong Quai?

Dong Quai has been called the “female ginseng” and is an excellent women’s herb. It has been used for centuries in China for maintaining a healthy menstrual cycle. Dong Quai can help to build blood, maintain bowel regularity, relieve dryness, and improve general well-being. Dong Quai also helps to improves blood flow throughout the body*. Dong Quai (sometimes referred to as Tang Kuai) has been used in Asia for thousands of years as a tonic for the female reproductive system. In fact, it ranks just below ginseng as the most popular herb in China and Japan*.

How does Dong Quai work?

Most of the actions of Dong Quai depend on the presence of coumarins, phytosterols, polysaccharides and flavonoids. Dong Quai helps to promote uterine health and regulate the menstrual cycle. Coumarins dilate blood vessels, stimulating the central nervous system and increasing blood flow throughout the body. They may also relax the smooth muscles of the uterus, which would help to explain the herb’s traditional use for menstrual cramps*. Dong Quai is known as a beauty tonic. The herb has been found to benefit the complexion by improving circulation in the skin and by detoxifying, thus helping to clear blemishes. Dong Quai has also shown an inhibitory effect against many bacteria including hemolytic Streptoccoccus and Shigella. *

*Health benefits of Dong Quai

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dong Quai has been used to help balance Blood and Chi in the body. In TCM, where there is an obstruction of Blood, there can be dis-ease and Dong Quai works to restore balance*. Dong Quai helps skin tone as it enriches the blood and improves circulation. Dong Quai is an important herb for women whose skin is sallow, dry and lacking a healthy glow. Astragalus is often used in combination with Dong Quai to further improve the circulation of Chi and blood in the skin making it more supple and healthy*. Dong Quai’s reputation as a female tonic rests largely with its ability to balance PMS and the menstural cycle, and for its benefit to the skin and circulation. The herb’s long-standing popularity for benefiting menstrual cramps has been ascribed to its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic actions. Dong Quai works best for stressed women who suffer hot flashes but are generally chilly. Dong Quai will help warm the woman and also help support the liver chi*. Dong Quai also helps to improve blood circulation, nourish body fluids, counter fatigue, and balance blood pressure. As a rich source of vitamin B12, Dong Quai may play a role in stimulating red blood cell production. It may therefore indirectly boost energy and lessen fatigue by increasing the number of red blood cells transporting oxygen throughout the body*.

Cautions

If you are taking an anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medication or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as ibuprofen), check with your doctor before trying Dong Quai as it will have additive blood thinning and anti-inflammatory properties. Dong Quai also contains substances called psoralens that can react to sunlight, especially in fair-skinned people. Dong Quai may have a mild laxative effect, and menstrual bleeding may increase when taking Dong Quai. Stop taking Dong Quai if a skin rash or photosensivity develops. Don’t take Dong Quai if you are pregnant or nursing. As with all herbal and dietary supplements, you should always inform your physician about what you are taking in order to avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions*.

REFERENCES

  1. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica Revised Edition, Compiled and Translated by Dan Bensky & Andrew Gamble, with Ted Kaptchuck, 1993 Eastland Press, Inc.
  2. Hormone Balance – A Woman’s Guide to Restoring Health and Vitality Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, 2005, Adams Media, Avon, Massachusetts.
  3. Radiant Health – The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs, Ron Teeguarden, 1998, Warner Books.

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* The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information contained in site is intended for education, entertainment and information purposes only. This information is not intended to be used to diagnose, prescribe or replace proper medical care. The plant information described herein is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, mitigate or prevent any disease. Please refer to the Disclaimer and Conditions section of this site for more information.

Herbal Fortress® Astragalus Forté

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  • Standardized Extract – Laboratory Tested, Quality Guaranteed
  • Helps Maintain a Strong Immune System **
  • 500mg Astragalus Root Extract
  • 16% Polysaccharides, 0.2% flavones
  • Botanical name: Astragalus membranaceus/ Pin Yin: Huang Qi
  • 60 Vegetarian capsules/bottle Dose: 1 capsule/2-3x/day taken with warm water or tea. May be taken with food or between meals.

“Throughout our lives our immune systems are under assault from environmental toxins. Living in crowded cities, traveling frequently in airplanes, and spending time in day care centers and schools all expose us to many more germs than people had to deal with in the past. We can protect and strengthen our immunity by eating right, getting enough activity and rest, practicing stress reduction, and cultivating healthy emotional states. There are also several tonic herbs, astragalus being one of the best, that can help maintain a strong immune system. Obtained from the root of Astragalus membranaceous in the pea family, astragalus has a long history in Chinese medicine for prevention of disease. Astragalus in TCM has a special affinity for the ‘metal’ element and benefits the lung, large intestine and skin. And due to the body/mind connection can be beneficial for anyone dealing with stress. According to Dr. Weil Astragalus can be beneficial for:

  • People who “get everything going around”
  • Those with immune deficiencies
  • Healthy people year round*

Look for standardized extracts in capsules and follow package directions.” From: Daily Tips: Featured Herb – Astragalus DrWeil.com 12/21/05

*What is Astragalus?

Astragalus is a tonic herb from the legume family. It is indigenous to China and has been used as a preventive health tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine since ancient times. The botanical name of Astragalus is: Astragalus membranaceus. Astragalus is one of the herbs known to stimulate the body’s natural production of interferon. It is known as a “Chi” tonic or replenisher. Chi is a concept in Chinese Medicine of the body’s “Vital Life Energy”. Astragalus is suitable for long-term use as an important aid in supporting the body’s natural defense system*.

*How does Astragalus work?

The Astragalus root is the part containing the active ingredients and it is used as an immunomodulator, meaning it balances and helps maintain a healthy immune system. The constituents of the root include: Polysaccharides, choline, betaine, rumatakenin, [beta]-sitosterol*. Astragalus was first referenced in the original material medica of the late Han period in China. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is considered sweet and slightly warming. It is considered to be very safe and non-toxic and may be consumed daily. It is well known for its ability to strengthen and support the body’s immune system. Astragalus has become an important botanical in the West since research demonstrating its immunoprotective effects have been documented. Astragalus is an ideal tonic for anyone who wants to help maintain a strong immune system*. Astragalus is also an important adaptogenic herb used to invigorate and balance the immune system. Astragalus is a natural anti-viral agent, and it may be taken preventively. Astragalus helps promote the bodies own healing and protective energy. In ancient times (and still in parts of modern Asia), Astragalus root was cooked with food and has been revered for centuries for health protection.*

*Health benefits of Astragalus

Astragalus also helps to balance night or day sweats by what is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine is its ability to help build Yin and Blood as well as the protective Chi in the body. In Western Medicine, Astragalus has been shown to benefit the immune system by increasing natural killer cell activity, and by boosting bodies’ production of antibodies and interferon. Astragalus has numerous immune enhancing benefits. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, long-term intake of Astragalus builds Chi (Vital Life Energy) in the body. This extra Chi helps to prevent depletion of our resources. Astragalus in combination with Dong Quai improves the circulation of Chi and blood in the skin making it more supple and healthy*.

Cautions

Astragalus has shown no toxicity with long term use. Astragalus should be discontinued when experiencing excess heat in the body as it is a warming herb. It should be discontinued when there are symptoms of fever, dry cough, or constipation. When these symptoms are not present Astragalus may be continued and taken daily. As with all herbal and dietary supplements, you should always inform your physician about what you are taking in order to avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions*.

RESEARCH

  1. Immunotherapy with Chinese Medicinal Herbs. Immune restoration of local xenogeneic graft-versus-host reaction in cancer patients by fractionated Astragalus membranaceus in vitro. Chu-DT; Wong-WL; Mavligit-GM. J Clin Lab Immunol 1988 Mar 25(3):119-23
  2. Hepatoprotective Effects of Astragalus Root. Zhang-ZL; Wen-QZ; Liu-CX. J Ethnopharmacol 1990 Sep 30(2):145-9
  3. Effect of Astragalus membranaceus On Natural Killer Cell Activity and Induction of Alpha and Gamma Interferon in Patients With Coxsackie B Viral Myocarditis. Yang-YZ; Jin-PY; Guo-Q; Wang-QD; Li-ZS; Ye-YC; Shan-YF; Zhao-HY; Zhu-JR; Pu-SY; Chen-HZ. Chin Med J 1990 Apr; 103(4):304-7
  4. Botanical Influences on Cardiovascular Disease. Miller-AL. Alternat Med Rev 1998 Dec 3(6):422-31 … Astragalus membranaceus, a Chinese herb, is often used as a “Qi tonifier” and has been studied for its therapeutic benefit in treatment of ischemic heart disease, myocardial infarction, heart failure, and relief of anginal pain. Clinical studies have indicated that its in-vitro antioxidant activity is the mechanism by which it affords its cardioprotective benefit.
  5. Alternat Med Rev 1998 Oct; 3(5):338-44 ABSTRACT: Although Astragalus, Ligusticum and Schizandrae have a long history of medicinal use within the traditional Chinese system, only recently has the West begun to understand their pharmacological possibilities and clinical applications. Astragalus has demonstrated a wide range of immunopotentiating effects and has proven efficacious as an adjunct cancer therapy.

REFERENCES

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  2. Foster S, Chongxi Y. Herbal Emissaries: Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1992, 279633.
  3. Shu HY. Oriental Materia Medica: A Concise Guide. Palos Verdes, CA: Oriental Healing Arts Press, 1986, 5219623.20.

Satisfaction Guaranteed. All of our Herbal Fortress® products are Laboratory Tested according to the highest GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards in the industry. Each batch undergoes stringent quality controls and are all laboratory tested. Freshness and Quality is guaranteed. The lot number and expiration date of each product is imprinted on the front panel. Each product is packaged in a light-protective bottle and safety sealed with outer shrink wrap and printed inner seal. Do not use if either seal is broken or missing.

All products are 100% Vegetarian and free of animal products, wheat, dairy, corn, soy natural or artificial sweeteners, salt or yeast. Encapsulated in Veggie caps.

* The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information contained in site is intended for education, entertainment and information purposes only. This information is not intended to be used to diagnose, prescribe or replace proper medical care. The plant information described herein is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, mitigate or prevent any disease. Please refer to the Disclaimer and Conditions section of this site for more information.