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Three Dynamic Immune System Fighters

Updated on July 7, 2012
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Three Dynamic Immune System Fighters

There are three supplements, among many, known for supporting and boosting the immune system. They are Cat’s claw, Echinacea, and Astragalus. The immune system seems to be a much talked about topic today. The main reason could be because when it doesn’t function properly, it causes a wide range of disorders. Research has shown that life style, habits, and stress play a large part in how our bodies function and how healthy we are. Everyone is aware that our modern lives are filled with many different kinds of stress. These stresses could be physical, emotional or psychological. When the body is constantly bombarded with various stressful experiences, it is important to counter the bombardment with effective supplements.

Cat’s claw (una de gato) is considered by many researchers to be a premier immune system herb surpassing Astragalus, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Siberian Ginseng, and Pau d’ Arco in its healing abilities. What is Cat’s claw? This herb is grown in the Amazon rainforest in Central and South America. The medicinal properties are taken from the inner bark of the vine called "uncaria tomentosa." It is a huge, woody vine that grows to approximately 100 feet. Cat’s claw has been in use for hundreds, maybe thousands of years by the inhabitants of the rainforest for wound healing, inflammation, fever, diabetes, dysentery, and a host of other ailments. Cat’s claw’s active ingredients boosts the function of the white blood cells to kill carcinogenic substances and microorganisms. Cat’s claw has been recently studied by researchers in Asia, Europe, and North America, and is sold by prescription only in Australia and Germany. It has been used to treat AIDS and HIV patients.

Echinacea is a perennial herb that grows on the central plains of North America. Echinacea is considered to be the greatest herb for acute inflammatory problems. Many herbalists believe Echinacea is the best blood purifier and antibiotic. This herb looks very much like a purple black-eyed Susan. Other names for it are Snakeroot and Coneflower. The Plains Indians used it to treat everything from snake bites to measles. Studies have shown that it greatly improves the activity of the white blood cells to attack foreign toxins and microorganisms in the blood. Echinacea is associated with the "Eclectics," the great Western herbal medicine movement of the 19th century. They popularized the use of Echinacea as a preeminent anti-inflammatory remedy.

Astragalus is a Chinese herb used to stimulate the immune system. It effects the lungs, kidneys, spleen and blood. Astragalus has been in existence for about 5,000 years. It first came to Western civilization’s attention in the late 19th century. After the 1970’s, much research was conducted on its healing properties. Unlike some herbs that cannot be taken every day, Astragalus can be taken throughout the year. It gives strength to the body, builds up resistance to colds, infection, sore throat; and restores T-cell count to a normal range. Astragalus is combined with other herbs to achieve their effects. Astragalus can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It has also been shown to stop the build up of plaque in the arteries.

To summarize, all three supplements have their own unique qualities and healing abilities. It is good to be aware of their differences in order to use them properly for healing various conditions. This awareness may lead to a healthier population.


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      Mary Bagwell 5 years ago

      I have used Echinacea for many years and have always found it effective in warding off colds. It is good to learn more about Cat' Claw and Astragalus. This is very useful and interesting information presented in a way that is easy to read and understand. Thank you for a very informative article.

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      akune 5 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

      Really useful information. What doses are these taken in?

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      akune 5 years ago

      All three herbs come in capsules, tea bags, and tincture form. I use Astragalus, and Cat's Claw in capsule form. For Echinacea I use tea bags--very mild flavor.Echinacea is often found as an ingredient in many herbal capsule formulas. Cat's Claw is very bitter--stay away from tea and tincture.

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      terryk99 5 years ago

      Always looking for new immune boosters, seems like so many products make the claim, so it great to have ideas for a plan b,c,d,e . . . . Thanks

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      hutura 5 years ago


      I hope this helps you. I've used all three for years, and find all three to be extremely effective for flu bug and colds.

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