Given the prevalence of colds and flus during the winter time, the best offense is building a powerful defense. There is no better defense at a time like this than a STRONG INNATE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
Immune system strength is dependent on several factors, with two standing out as primary – an uncompromising diet and an effective herbal support program.
The following Immune System formulas are referenced because they each provide support for the human immune system in various ways.
You may notice that some formulas listed below are also recommended for several other protocols.
There is overlap by design, since a single herb can have multiple benefits to the body at once, thus a single formula may have a specialty emphasis, but still benefit several other systems in the body simultaneously.
The reason for this is because any one body system (digestive, immune, hormonal, etc.) is not an island unto itself. Each body system is always dependent upon, or interrelated with, a number of organs and body systems.
Nature built most herbs in such a way that each one will support a balanced effect throughout the body in recognition of the synergy, or symphony, played by each organ or gland in the performance of its daily duties within the body.
Where a certain herb may produce a stronger effect in a specific direction (like reducing heat & inflammation, stimulating pancreatic enzyme production or laxative effects, etc.), when combined with other herbs, some of which possess actions that are opposite in direction (like the Yin with the Yang), a more well rounded effect is the net result, one that both lifts (yang) and circulates (yin), for example.
The purpose for combining opposite energetic effects in a single formula or group of formulas is to prevent an excess movement in any one direction.
For example, if too much fiery yang energy is promoted, dry inflammation can increase. If too much cooling yin energy is promoted, moist circular stagnation can result.
When the two forces are combined in a balance, the vertical-moving properties of the yang herbs help to lift the outward-moving circular properties of the yin herbs.
The net result is the upward & outward spiraling motion that both lifts and circulates.
So, what is shown below are the formulas that are more directly targeted for immune response at the top, with formulas tangentially supportive of immune function listed below.
Thymus, spleen, lymphatic glands, bone marrow, intestines, adrenals, liver/gallbladder, blood.
Immune Power: Builds immune response powers to help the body address all forms of pathogens. Supports the liver/gall bladder, intestines, spleen, lymphatic channels, thymus, adrenals, and bone marrow.
Immune Power is designed to eliminate the herbs that many immune compromised individuals experience difficulties with (like immune stimulants, ragweeds, sea vegetables, etc.).
It does not have known detox effects, nor generate die-off symptoms. It can be taken in large amounts for the first few days (even 8-12 capsules per hour) to boost immune response powers of the body to peak performance levels.
By boosting the body's innate immune response powers, all forms of pathogens are able to be dealt with effectively: viruses, bacteria, amoeba, parasites, mycoplasma, etc.
Black Seed Combo: A stronger mixture which contains immune stimulants, ragweeds (often beneficial for immune response), sea vegetables, and herbs that tend to create detox effects when consumed in large amounts. It is generally taken at the rate of 4-6 capsules twice per day as a preventative, and in addition to Immune Power when compromised, if tolerated well.
Herbal C: Large doses of vitamin C are well known to be effective against most all forms of pathogens. Rather than rely on citric acid by itself, which is missing the balancing components bioflavonoids and numerous other compounds found in whole food sources, it is better to obtain your C from whole fruits and vegetables.
Herbal C is designed to provide some of Nature's most abundant whole food sources of vitamin C and can be taken in large amounts. 1 teaspoon twice per day is for maintenance purposes, whereas 1 tablespoon every 1-2 hours can be taken when feeling stressed from a pathogenic invasion. Herbal C has a pleasant taste and can be added to green drinks. 1 tablespoon = 12 capsules.
Lung Support: Serves as a potent adjunct to Immune Power with a targeted emphasis on the respiratory tract when needed. Lung Support is a favorite formula anytime phlegm or insufficient oxygen exchange within the lungs is in play.
Lung Support is supportive of the entire lymph system and aids in the reduction of mucus throughout the body, thereby promoting nutrient assimilation.
The formula is commonly taken in the high level range of 4-12 capsules at a time, even hourly, and before bed, based on strength of the need. Lung Support also makes for an excellent preventative formula taken at the rate of 4-8 capsules per day.
Friendly Flora: A high percentage of immune responses are derived from the intestines and provided by, or supported by, friendly bacteria.
Friendly Flora contains Soil Based Organisms that are protected and enhanced by Humic/Fulvic Earth along with prebiotic herbs for stability and proliferation upon entering the small intestines. The probiotics do not require refrigeration, nor are they diminished by stomach acids.
Humic acid and fulvic acid act as ligands, which are escorts for nutrients entering the cell walls, and thereby enhance nutrient assimilation.
The humates in the formula also support detoxification of chemicals and heavy metals, as well as promote pathogen reductions naturally.
Maintenance levels of Friendly Flora are 4-8 capsules per day, whereas, when under pathogenic stress, 12 to 16 capsules once or twice per day supports the immune system more powerfully.
Licorice Root Powder: Licorice Root (not the candy), supports the adrenals in producing cortisone & antihistamine effects. Licorice is used in 75% of all Chinese Medicines to assist the body to manage detox reactions, allergens, and reduce inflammation.
To be taken in small amounts, like a pinch or 1 capsule at a time, no more than 4-6 times per day, with the larger amounts only for brief periods to manage the immediate crisis.
You will find Licorice Root in several of our formulas as an undercurrent support and harmonizer to the whole formula.
Licorice in the larger amounts, or with regular usage, does have the effect of expectorating (clearing the lungs) of phlegm.
Daily consumption for several weeks in the larger amounts can result in the excretion of potassium leading to temporary high blood pressure or chronic fatigue. This will go away by simply stopping the intake or sticking to the lower maintenance level amounts.
Spleen Builder: The spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and associated lymphatic glands manufacture over 100 trillion antibody types capable of targeting and memorizing any pathogen signature. This is the basis of your immune response toward pathogens and creating immunity to any pathogen it successfully defeats.
Most everyone today deals with a compromised spleen from the consumption of sweets, stimulants, alcohol, and excesses of congesting foods (like fats, oils, and dairy) that generate phlegm, increase nighttime snoring, drippy or swollen sinuses, earaches, loss of hearing, or cold extremities, among many other symptoms, including a depressed immune response capability.
Spleen Builder can be taken in small or large amounts during the day as well as before bed. Maintenance level amounts are 8 capsules per day. High level amounts during peak stress periods, or to restore normal spleen functions, can go to 24 capsules (2 tablespoons) per day for faster recovery.
Deep Earthen Cleanse: Since the immune system is deterred, suppressed, or overburdened by toxic byproducts, like chemicals and heavy metals, detoxification becomes central to any immune system building protocol.
While all of our formulas tend to promote detoxification in one way or another, Deep Earthen Cleanse specializes in this one function. It can be taken at the rate of 4-24 capsules per day.
Caution is advised for some who know they carry chemical toxins from past recreational drug use, medical treatment, or hormone replacement therapy, as this formula may provoke a cleansing of these chemicals and result in a detox reaction.
Three other products that specialize in detoxification include:
Digestive Bitters: Bitter herbs stimulate the production of bile fluids for the digestion of fats in the diet and throughout the body. When the liver generates bile, it uses the bile fluids to encapsulate toxic compounds (chemicals and heavy metals), and pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungus, etc.) inside the bile liquid, using this as a mechanism through which to pass them out of the body safely.
This process eases the strain on the lymphatic system and the immune system by reducing three causes of immune system weakness – toxins, pathogens, and poorly digested foods.
Sacred Clay: One of Nature's most potent detoxification resources accomplished by bonding with the heavy metals and chemicals, thereby neutralizing their free ionic charges and allowing safe passage from the body.
Mineral Manna: Due to the inclusion of Sacred Clay in Mineral Manna, this has become a favorite effective detoxification formula that frees the immune system to target pathogens by reducing toxic overloads.
Purify: The liver plays an important role in supporting a healthy immune response by purifying pathogens and toxins from the bloodstream, then encapsulating them in bile fluids or passing them on to the lymphatic system for elimination.
Green Superfood Blends: Any complement of chlorophyll-rich superfoods, adaptogens, mushrooms, and nutritive herbs will support the building of a stronger immune system. These are essential for quickly moving the body into an ideal alkaline state, therefore improving oxygen & nutrient exchange at the cellular level.
Proper alkalinity, broad spectrum nutrition, and oxygen are natural deterrents to pathogen development.
Three formulas that specialize in providing chlorophyll-rich superfoods are:
Vital Cleanse & Nutrify: Contains Earth & Sea Greens and Fiber Blend, and is designed to serve as both a gradual daily cellular cleanse as well as a complete nutrient source, replacing numerous vitamin and mineral formulas.
Earth & Sea Greens: Focuses primarily on green superfoods, adaptogens, mushrooms, and nutritives.
Sea Vegetable Blend plus Moringa: Focuses strictly on sea vegetables to derive the most potent effect from these powerful nutritive plants.
Moringa, a potent nutritive herb from the land is added to complement the formula.
Be aware that the smell and taste of this formula is ocean-like and might take some getting use to, yet its therapeutic value for boosting immune response powers is very high!
Kidney & Adrenal Builder: The adrenals manufacture antihistamines & cortisone used to target allergens and reduce inflammation. The adrenals also manufacture cortisol used to manage stressful situations and certain immune responses.
When cortisol remains high due to constant stress (or artificially stimulated by caffeine) the body suppresses the immune system in order to conserve energy for fight or flight stress responses.
This is why coffee, more so than other stimulants, can be quite detrimental during times of potential pathogenic compromise, like during during the winter.
Coffee is known to raise cortisol for a period of 12 hours. Coupled with coffee's acidifying effect on the body, especially when combined with sugar and a fat (like dairy), the high cortisol (a fat-based hormone) feeds the viruses that feed on fat excesses.
Many sicknesses can be avoided by reducing coffee (and caffeine in general), concentrated sugars (which also depress immune response), and the quantity of fat in the diet.
Balancing out adrenal hormone production helps to lower cortisol when it is not needed and raise cortisol if it is too low, thus indirectly improving the immune response powers of the body.
Adaptogen & Mushroom Blend: Adaptogenic herbs have the function of balancing both high and low hormone output in the body. Mushrooms are widely proven now to boost immune response powers, reduce fungal, viral, and bacterial loads, and lower toxin levels.
Mushrooms are also an excellent source of Vitamin D which is essential for an effective immune response.
Three other adaptogenic formulas are:
The purpose of immune system building herbal formulas is to restore and strengthen the body's own innate immune response powers sufficient to resolve pathogenic compromises quickly and effectively.
In conjunction with a sound herbal program, the detoxification of interfering chemicals & heavy metals from the body, along with an improvement in the diet or brief periods of fasting, the natural workings of your intrinsic immune response powers will be released to keep you healthy through even extreme periods of biological stress.
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