ASTRAGALUS REISHI MAITAKE Plus
GEARING UP FOR THIS YEAR’S COLD AND FLU SEASON
By Herbalist Scott Bias, Founder and Formulator, Paradise Herbs, Inc.
If you are one of many who have battled the harsh effects of past cold and flu seasons, then make this year different. There is an old Chinese proverb that is simple, but true, “Prevention is better than cure.” Don’t let this coming cold and flu season get you down. There are many ways to build the immune system and one of the most efficient ways is through herbal supplementation. Tonic herbs such as Huang Qi, a Chinese herb more commonly known as Astragalus root, has been used for centuries to help build and strengthen the immune system, as well as increase the body’s natural defenses against outside pathogens and seasonal change. Astragalus, along with polysaccharide-rich tonic mushrooms such as Reishi, Maitake and Shiitake, can play a vital role in supporting a healthy defense system. Other herbs, traditionally used for treating viral infections such as Chinese Licorice root and Isatis, can be extremely valuable as well. It is important to note that tonic herbs are meant to tonify and build the system and should not be taken in duration of a cold or flu. More appropriate surface clearing herbs such as Echinacea, Goldenseal, Honeysuckle, Ginger or Peppermint are called for when under the weather. Another herb worth mentioning is Green tea. Japanese research has shown that Green tea’s active components known as polyphenols have remarkable antiviral properties. In fact, these polyphenols can prevent the influenza virus from attaching to normal cells, thus blocking flu infection.
For thousands of years botanical remedies have been used to enhance wellness. Today, as technology continues to advance and provide new ways of understanding ancient and traditional medicines, we are once again proving that nature is a powerful ally in our quest to maintain optimum wellness. The following is a formula based on centuries of time-tested efficacy:
Astragalus root: Tonifies qi; strengthens wei chi (resistance); enhances T-cell function.*
Reishi mushroom: Known throughout Asia as “the herb of immortality”; historically used to build resistance and increase the body’s ability to adapt to change.*
Maitake mushroom: Confirmed by modern research, this fungi is rich in vital polysaccharides; historically known for its deep immune-supporting activity.*
Shiitake mushroom: Powerful adaptogen used traditionally in soup decoctions for strengthening resistance.*
Ligustrum fruit: Yin and Essence tonic; recently used in many immune-enhancing formulas.*
White Atractylodes: Tonifies qi and strengthens digestion; works synergistically with Astragalus to support defense energy; most well known in a famous formula called “Jade Screen” (to guard your body like a screen of Jade).*
Schisandra fruit: Powerful adaptogen; supports and detoxifies the energetic functions of the liver.*
Gynostemma fruit: Currently used in China for over 30 different types of immune imbalances.*
Isatis root and leaf: Powerful antiviral properties; commonly used in tonic formulas to clear excess heat and support viral-associated imbalances.*
Chinese Licorice: Known as “the great detoxifier”; tonifies qi; supports proper absorption of synergistic herbs.*
* This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.