other hand, immune stimulants boost the activity of the immune system but are not known to normalize excessive immune response. Consequently, immune stimulants are not recommended for people that have autoimmune disorders. Instead, people with autoimmune disorders may use immune modulating herbs to support them thru this cold/flu season. Some of the best-researched immune herbs that are your best bet to help prevent or shorten the duration of a cold or flu are Astragalus, Black elderberry, Echinacea, Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), Panax ginseng, Green tea, Rosehips, Shiitake and Reishi mushrooms.
follow a healthy lifestyle, you might not need to take an herbal supplement to prevent colds and cases of flu. It will be good enough to take the supplement in times when there is a change in your lifestyle that might weaken your immune system, such as stress, anxiety, or a bad diet. At the first sign of a cold/flu take an immune formula, as it will reduce its duration.
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP for over 14 years, she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.