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Optimizing Your Immunity with Chinese Herbs

Traditional Chinese Herbs and their Ability to Boost your Immune Health

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a rich history of using herbs to promote health and wellness, including boosting the immune system. While it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before introducing any new herbs to your routine, here are some commonly used Chinese herbs known for their immune-boosting properties and many additional benefits. These herbs are often used in combination and can help your entire family not only battle illness but also prevent it.

Astragalus (Huang Qi)

Astragalus is one of the most commonly used herbs in TCM to support the immune system. It can be used to enhance the body's resistance to infections and increase energy levels. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as antiviral and antibacterial properties. This is what makes this herb so incredibly important in TCM.
Astragalus can be taken as an individual herb, most often as a tea or powder, but it is even better when combined in a formula and prescribed by a physician trained in herbal medicine.

Ginseng (Ren Shen)

Ginseng is known for its adaptogenic properties, which help the body cope with stress and enhance overall immunity. This herb has been shown to stimulate the production of immune cells and also improve cognitive function, which can help reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
There are many different types of Ginseng, and the benefits of each may vary slightly depending on the region where they were grown. Therefore, it’s important to take ginseng prescribed by a physician who is trained and understands the different types. Ginseng can often be found in powder, tea, or tincture form and is great when used in combination formulas.
This herb can often come with side effects as well, although mild, so please consult a physician first.

Reishi Mushroom (Ling Zhi)

Reishi mushroom is highly regarded for its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help with respiratory illnesses by benefiting bronchodilation and works as an adaptogen, which can help the body cope with stress and balance hormones. It has become so popular in the last decade that it’s now being utilized on its own as a beverage, replacing coffee and energy drinks. Due to its wide range of properties, it’s best used in combination with other herbs so that it’s specifically geared toward the symptoms you want to treat.

This herb can be found as a powder, tea, tincture, capsule, or even as a plant that can be consumed, but please use it with caution. It is grown in many different places, and the quality can change, so it’s best to consult a professional.

Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi)

Goji berries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that support immune health. They can help balance blood sugar levels and combat free radicals, which can help with anti-aging and improve skin health. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals and can even help improve vision and reduce your risk of age-related eye disease.
They are a great snack and can be eaten raw or added to smoothies, cereal, yogurt, and teas. They also go by the name Wolfberries and can often be found in your local Asian market. They are an easy addition to your family’s current meals and snacks without having to add another supplement to your routine.

Licorice Root (Gan Cao)

Licorice root is known for its anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating properties. It also helps soothe respiratory issues by alleviating both productive and dry coughs. It is the most commonly used herb and is often found in combination formulas. It can help treat skin issues and balance hormones, as well as digestive issues such as peptic ulcers and heartburn.
It is often found in granules, extracts and capsules but can be used as a sweetener in some herbal teas as well as lozenges. It has a very specific taste and can be a great addition to an herbal formula that is customized for you. It is generally considered safe, especially when combined in a formula but taken on its own in large quantities for extended periods of time, one may experience dizziness, headaches, and increased blood pressure, so it’s important to consult a physician before adding it to your regimen.

Herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine

There are thousands of herbs used in TCM, as well as many others that are American herbs and Ayurvedic. They all have many different health benefits that can be used singularly or in combination, but it’s really important that you use them under the care of a physician. Many of them can have herb-drug interactions and may have the opposite effect when combined with other herbs or supplements. At the White Crane Clinic, our staff is fully trained and board-certified to treat patients using patent and custom formulas, as well as clinical training in herbology. By incorporating these herbs into your diet responsibly and under professional guidance, you can help support your immune system and overall well-being naturally.


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