Wednesday, November 27, 2013

" Yellow … "

Look at the stars, 
Look how they shine for you, 
And everything you do, 
Yeah they were all yellow, 

So then I took my turn 
Oh all the things I've done 
And it was all yellow 

I drew a line 
I drew a line for you 
Oh what a thing to do 
And it was all yellow 

Its true look how they shine for you 
look how they shine for you 
look how they shine for you 

~ ColdPlay ~ Yellow ~

There seems to be no shortage of the flu vaccinations in our city.  I guess with the “season” upon us, everyone is doing what they can to stay healthy.  And a recent discussion with a health practitioner made me wonder about these shots ... I was told that the vaccinations are 3 to 4 years behind the latest strain.  So there is a good chance even with the shots you can still get sick.  Thankfully there are other options that can support your wellness plan.

Personally, I have been taking a herbal tincture called Astragalus.  Astragalus is a plant native to Asia.  The Chinese name of the herb is huang qi, which means yellow leader, because the root is yellow and it is considered to be one of the most important herbs in traditional Chinese medicine.  One of the key uses for Astragalus is to improve immune function, as it increases the production of immune cells.  Astragalus is one of the most potent and restorative food plants you can consume to “strengten the exterior” as spoken in the ancient Chinese.  It is believed that Astragalus helps boost energy levels, regenerate tissue, inhibit the growth and spread of cancer, and strengthen the heart, liver, and lungs, among other functions.

Astragalus has the presence of a particular class of polysaccharides, which help to reduce inflammation, regulate blood flow and activate immune cells.  It also has antioxidant effects, protecting cells against damage by free radicals, as well as adaptogenic effects, meaning it helps the body respond and adapt more positively to environmental stress factors, both physiological and psychological.

When used properly and at the appropriate dosages, Astragalus appears to offer maximum health benefits with very low risk for side effects.  But decide on your line of defense when dealing with seasonal illnesses  and like always consult with your health care practitioner and do your research.

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