Immune booster-- Astragulus and Catsclaw capsules
See prdouct listing for two ounce container of powder for $13.
Large doses of 1 or 2 tablespoons are recommended in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
Modern research shows that astragalus stimulates the immune system in several ways. It increases the number of stem cells in bone marrow, and encourages their maturity into active white blood cells. It appears to help signal the white blood cells known as neutrophils to migrate to places they are needed to fight infection. It stimulates the "germ-eating" white blood cells known as macrophages, activates T-cells and natural killer (NIK) cells, and increases the production of immune globulins. Often taken with other herbs, astragalus eases chronic respiratory infections, aids in recovery from both cancer and the side effects of cancer therapy, and enhances health in HIV.
Astragalus is non-toxic in any dosage but is not recommended for those who have hypothyroidism. This is an immune system builder but do not take during a flu or illness. Kalmegh is helpful during a flu.
The American Cancer Society demonstrated that cancer patients who took Astragalus concurrently with radiation and chemotherapy had faster recovery times and lived longer. In fact, after only two weeks of use, white blood cells increased significantly.
Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a woodsy vine that’s indigenous to Amazonian rain forests in South and Central America. Its name is derived from its curved, claw-shaped looking thorns, which resemble a cat’s claw.
The bark and root have been used traditionally to treat: chronic inflammatory disorders, bacterial and fungal infections, arthritis, dysentery, fevers, stomach ulcers and various gastrointestinal issues, and even for birth control.
In laboratory studies, it has been seen that cat’s claw increased the ability of white blood cells to find and eradicate foreign micro-organisms. It also increases the body’s production of T-cells, helping to fight infection more effectively.