Oh yes… winter is on its lovely way. And with that comes the abrupt changes of weather we so often enjoy in Colorado. You know what I mean– start the day in shorts and end up in your heaviest down coat!? Of course with those weather changes come the sniffles and sneezes. This is the time my friends for colds, flus and other nasty bugs. We’ve already been witnessing it at the center, and it’s just getting started! I have to admit that I (Debra) and nursing my second cold in the past two months. So I’m on my way to the natural store to pick up my favorite immune-boosting herb Astragalus, and I hope you do that soon as well!
Known as Huang Qi in Chinese medicine, astragalus root has long been used by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners as a general tonic, to strengthen and energize the body, to help resolve colds and upper respiratory infections, and to strengthen and regulate the immune system. It is among the most widely used herbs in Chinese Medicine and has recently garnered the interest of western science for its potential to boost immunity and lessen side effects of chemotherapy.