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7 Herbs That Strengthen the Immune System

Immune-boosting herbs have been recognized and used for thousands of years to heal the body. Now, scientific studies show some herbs actually do have healing powers. Read on to learn more about the good-for-you herbs Lancaster caregivers swear by.

1. Astragalus Root

Astragalus root boosts the immune system and increases energy levels. Astragalus contains a polysaccharide, astragalan B, which binds to the outer membranes of bacteria and viruses, weakening them and helping T-cells identify and deal with the abnormal cells.

2. Echinacea

Both the roots and leaves of Echinacea are medicinal. The plant contains several chemicals, such as flavonoids, polysaccharides and alkylamides that help boost the immune system. One substance, arabinogalactan, activates other proteins that help in the fight against bacteria and viruses.

3. Cat’s Claw

Cat’s claw contains four alkaloids that increase white cell levels and stimulate the production of Natural Killer Cells. Research shows its effectiveness in the treatment of AIDS and cancer.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng contains an active component named ginsenosides that has been shown in research studies to boost the immune system, enhance psychological functions, and improve diabetes.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been shown to protect the liver from alcohol and toxins. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

6. Ganoderma (Reishi)

Studies of the Reishi mushroom show it strengthens the immune system and fights cancer. It also has antioxidant properties and is effective in treating urinary tract infections.

7. Gingko Biloba

The leaves of the Gingko tree contain antioxidants called ginkgolides and bilobalides. These substances guard the body against free radical damage. It has also been shown to be effective in preventing brain cell death due to radiation exposure.

There is much more to these herbs than meets the eye. Ask your loved one’s doctor about using herbs in combination with other medications for additional immune boosting and healing properties.

Are you concerned your loved one’s health is being compromised because he or she is living alone? Reach out to Lancaster Home Care Assistance to learn about our live-in and hourly care services. An experienced caregiver can help your loved one maintain a healthy lifestyle while remaining in the comfort of home. Call (717) 540-4663 to speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager 24/7.