Herbal Allies to Prevent and Treat Influenza and Colds

This Deep Immune formula was created as an immune strengthening tonic that increases resistance to environmental pathogens

If you’re getting worried about the mini-epidemic of influenza that’s percolating in Ontario right now, and wondering how best to protect yourself or even treat it effectively, St. Francis Herb Farm may have what you need. Within their extensive product line are three products specific to both preventing and treating viral infections, including influenza.

According to herbalist Anthony Godfrey, PhD, ND, in his book Deep Immunity: “St Francis Herb Farm’s Deep Immune formula was created using knowledge from both the Chinese Tradition and contemporary Western scientific research. A good deal of the formula’s therapeutic success can be attributed to the fine balance of herbs it includes, which was guided by principles of Chinese formulation.”

This formula contains the following therapeutic herbs:
Astragalus: immune strengthening, antiviral, antibacterial
Codonopsis: an invigorating herb which nourishes the fluids of the body
Reishi mushroom: antibacterial, antiviral, protects against the effects of environmental or therapeutic radiation
Siberian Ginseng: an exceptional adaptogenic immune herb which supports and nourishes the adrenal glands, thyroid, and insulin producing cells of the pancreas
Schizandra Berry: a deep immune herb which helps to increase immunity to infectious diseases, prevent and relieve allergies and sensitivities, and correct autoimmune conditions.

Overall, this Deep Immune formula was created as an immune strengthening tonic that increases resistance to all environmental challenges, including influenza.

Deep Immune is available as a tincture (alcohol-based) and comes in 50, 100, or 250 ml bottles. Recommended dosage is 25-40 drops, three to four times daily in a little water on an empty stomach.

The second product of interest in the St. Francis arsenal is called Andro­graphis (Andrographis paniculata). In Scandinavia, this is now the main herb used to fight the common cold, flu, and upper respiratory infections. Clinical trials have shown that this herb really works, and some believe it is better than echinacea. It works by boosting the immune system, helping the body to battle infections and prevent them from reoccurring.

Andrographis is traditionally used to treat a host of illnesses in China, Thailand, and India – addressing bacterial and viral infections, fever, diarrhea, inflammation, blood pressure, and blood sugar problems. And Andrographis extract has even been shown to inhibit the proliferation of cancer by causing differentiation-inducing activity among tumour cells.

St. Francis Herb Farm’s Andrographis product comes in a 50, 100, or 250 ml tincture bottle (alcohol-based). Recommended dosage for treating symptoms of cold or flu is 30 to 60 drops in a little water, 3 times daily, on an empty stomach.

And the third product in this lineup is Olive Leaf tincture, used for its anti­microbial and immune stimulating properties that treat viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. This product can be specifically used to alleviate symptoms and shorten the duration of the common cold.

As an added bonus, research has shown that olive leaf can play an important role in treating chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and hypertension (it decreases systolic and dyastolic blood pressure).

St. Francis Herb Farm’s Olive Leaf Extract is available as a 50, 100, or 250 ml tincture (alcohol-based). Recom-mended dosage for treating the common cold is 60 to 120 drops, three times a day, in water on an empty stomach.

All three of the above products are available at the Big Carrot’s Wholistic Dispensary, 348 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 416-466-8432 (dispensary@thebigcarrot.ca) and other fine health food stores. For more information call St. Francis Herb Farm at 1-800-219-6226 or go to their website at: http://www.stfrancisherbfarm.com

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