Antibiotic Herbs for Immunity
Most herbs function as natural drugs. They can be highly toxic. Many herbs have antibacterial or antiviral properties.
We will describe some of the most
important herbs useful for immunity.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic that stimulates the immune system and increases the effectiveness of white blood cells and T cells.
It blocks toxin production by germs.
It also possesses broad-spectrum bacteriostatic and bacteriocidal properties.
Garlic is a key to achieving optimal immunity.
Echinacea is one of the best-known immune- enhancing
It is effective against a wide range of microbes, including many viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
Chinese Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
Herbalists say that ginseng affects the immune control centers of the central nervous system, directly and indirectly through adrenocortical hormones, toning, increasing output, or simply restoring equilibrium.
Astragalus increases the production of interferon, an immune factor that inhibits viral growth.
One study demonstrated that chronic bronchitis patients experience significant reduction in symptoms when using
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Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
According to herbalists, licorice is one of the
two or three most important herbs in the world. To the Chinese, there is no other herb that acts on such a grand scale except, perhaps, ginseng. Licorice root is found in more medicinal combinations in Chinese Medicine than any other herb including ginseng.
Pau d'arco or Lapacho
Pau d'arco or Lapacho is a great immune system stimulant.
One of the strongest actions of lapacho is against viruses. The range of viruses inactivated by lapacho extends from those that cause the common cold to those that are responsible for AIDS.
Pau d'arco has been shown to actively inhibit, kill or stunt the growth of several dangerous viruses and
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Wild indigo has been used for centuries as a natural antibiotic against infections.
Wild indigo has an antibiotic effect on a wide range of microbes. It kills the microbe by preventing it from multiplying in the body.
Wild indigo also has an immune-enhancing effect. It is also a strong decongestant.
Extracts of myrrh have been shown to enhance
phagocytosis, the bacteria-killing effect of white blood cells. Myrrh is effective in fighting a whole range of infections-viral, bacterial, and fungal. It also has a direct antimicrobial effect.
Thyme is valuable in the treatment of infections.
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