Herbs have magnificent healing powers and can be used to treat many serious yet common ailments and to boost your health.

Immune System

Boost your Immunity with herb

Do you "get everything going around?" Do you have chronic infections or recover slowly from illnesses or injuries? Maybe you have problems with warts, cold sores or genital herpes, yeast infections, athlete's foot or other fungus problems. There's help for you!

An effective way to approach improving your immunity is to choose a couple of products and rotate them. For example, take a packet or two of Defense Shield for a week or two and then use echinacea (two capsules three times a day) for a week or two. Then go back to Defense Shield, etc. For optimal immunity, avoid tobacco, alcohol, recreational drugs, and unnecessary prescription drugs.

The immune system recognizes viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and foreign bodies and signals the brain to activate immune processes. Supporting your immune system may help with everything from frequent colds to arthritis to cancer. Begin the support of your system with a good, high quality multiple vitamin and mineral supplement. Remember your vitamin C!

Avoid excess stress because it can compromise your immune system. There are many herbs that enhance immunity: olive leaf extract, echinacea, una de gato, garlic, pau d'arco. In addition to these, Nature's Sunshine offers many potent, effective combination products.

You may be surprised to learn that sugar suppresses immunity. Lauri Aesoph, ND, reminds us of a study using dental students. This study showed that drinking 24 oz of soda depressed the activity of neutrophils (the white blood cells responsible for fighting infection) by 50 percent. Research conducted at Loma Linda University in California and reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that the immune depressing effects of sugar last about five hours. Sure you want that soda?

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Bifidophilus� (90 capsules) $21.15
Bifidophilus for Kids, Herbasaurs, chewable (90) Just 4 Kids! $17.10
Certain "good" bacteria reside in our bodies and are essential to health. Bifidophilus provides about 3.5 million friendly bacteria to support or replenish your supply. Each capsule of this product includes 100 mg of fructooligosaccharide to help get the bacteria off to a good start. Antibiotics destroy these necessary bacteria as well as the bacteria causing the infection. This is an excellent product to use following any course of antibiotics. Bifidophilus is also useful after a bout of the flu or diarrhea, which may disturb your intestinal bacteria. May be used as a preventative when traveling to countries with a questionable water supply to avoid traveler's diarrhea.

Defense Maintenance� (120 capsules) $24.80
Defense Maintenance provides nutrients that must be present for proper functioning of the immune system. This product contains many antioxidants, beneficial cruciferous vegetable powders in a powerful base of barley and wheat grass juice, astragalus, Siberian ginseng, pau d'arco, and others. Defense Maintenance also contains extra vitamins and minerals that support immune functions.

Defense Shield� (28 packets) $29.00
Defense Shield is a effective, prepackaged program containing 28 packets for a 14-day supply. Each packet contains 2 capsules of VS-C, 2 capsules of IMM-C, and 2 capsules of Defense Maintenance. Each of these products is available separately. This potent program has kept many people well. You may want to try Defense Shield when you think you are beginning to come down with something. It may boost your immunity enough to shorten or avoid the illness entirely.

E-Tea� (100 capsules) $26.70
E-tea is a convenient to use, encapsulated form of the traditional Essiac Tea provided by the Ojibwa Indians in 1922 to Rene Casisse, a Canadian nurse. The formula contains burdock, sheep sorrel, turkey rhubarb root, and slippery elm bark. Historically, Essiac Tea was used to enhance immunity and purify the blood. E-tea has been used with breast cancer and with other tumors.

Elderberry Defense (100 capsules) $22.65
Elderberry Plus, Herbasaurs, chewable (60) Just 4 Kids! $14.40

Elderberry prevents colds and flu by strengthening the immune and respiratory systems. Scientific studies have shown that elderberry interferes with the viruses' ability to replicate itself. Echinacea and royal jelly strengthen Elderberry Combination. Elderberry Plus, designed specifically for children, has added the powerful adaptogens reishi mushroom and astragalus. Dr. Weil suggests astragalus if you find you tend to catch everything.

Echinacea Purpurea (50 capsules) $13.20
Echinacea Purpurea (180 capsules) $29.70
Ultimate Echinacea (2 fl oz) 4 Kids Too! $16.65

Dr. Andrew Weil refers to echinacea as an herbal immune enhancer and antibiotic substitute that is nontoxic. He reports that there has been extensive research in Germany showing that echinacea increases the number and activity of key white blood cells involved in immunity. Researchers at the University of Munich discovered echinacea increases the T-cells in the body by over 30 percent compared to immune-stimulating drugs. In the early 70s a study published in the Journal of Medical Chemistry showed that echinacea inhibited tumor growth in rats. As well as boosting immunity, echinacea is considered effective in many infectious conditions including colds and flus, sinusitis, staphylococcus (staph), streptococcus (strep), urinary tract infections, and others.

Echinacea/Golden Seal (100 capsules) New! $23.00
Echinacea/Golden Seal Extract (2 fl oz) 4 Kids Too! $19.65

Robert Giller, MD, states that echinacea is very effective in stimulating the immune system and is a potent anti-inflammatory. Echinacea increases the activity of white blood cells and macrophages. Macrophages destroy bacteria and other foreign matter. Dr. Whitaker describes golden seal as having broad antibiotic effects, being anti-infective and immune stimulating. Each capsule of Echinacea/Golden Seal contains 400 mg of each herb. Each 5 ml of the echinacea combination has 125 mg of golden seal and is a powerful combination to support the immune system. Note - Because golden seal can lower blood sugar levels, caution is recommended for those with hypoglycemia. Women who are pregnant should exercise caution with golden seal as it may stimulate uterine contractions.

Garlic (100 capsules) 4 Kids Too! $11.25
Garlic, High Potency, SynerPro� (60 capsules) 4 Kids Too! $26.25
Garlic Oil (60 capsules) $9.35

Garlic is well known for its antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral properties. The National Cancer Institute is investigating the cancer-inhibiting properties of garlic. Andrew Weil, MD, claims that garlic acts as a powerful antiseptic and antibiotic, counteracting the growth of many kinds of bacteria and fungi. Jean Carper reports that garlic destroys cancer cells in petri dishes. Michael Tierra, CA, ND, states that garlic is used in practically every culture. A nutrition specialist at Mayo Clinic, Donald Hensrud, MD, states that "research is concentrating on several areas where garlic may have positive effects: cardiovascular health, immune function, antimicrobial action and anticancer action."

Grapine with Protectors, SynerPro� (90 tablets) $29.70
High Potency Grapine (60 tablets) $41.70
Antioxidants with Grapine, Chewable (120) Just 4 Kids $19.20

Grapine is derived from the bark of the Landes' Pine and grape seed. It acts as a free radical scavenger, increases intracellular levels of vitamin C decreasing both capillary fragility and permeability, and inhibits destruction of collagen. As an antioxidant, it is 50 times stronger than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than vitamin C. Unlike other antioxidants, proanthocyanidins are able to cross the brain-blood barrier to reach and protect important brain and nerve tissue. One mg of proanthocyanidins per pound of body weight is suggested daily. Grape skin contains anthocyanins that have been linked to the reduction of cardiovascular disease.

Grapine with Protectors, SynerPro�, is in an herb base of cruciferous vegetables, herbs, and citrus bioflavonoids to provide additional antioxidants and promote digestion. Each capsule contains 20 mg of proanthocyanidins and 50 mg of grape skin extract.

High Potency Grapine provides 60 mg of proanthocyanidins.
Antioxidants with Grapine, Chewable - Help your kids fight the damaging effects of free radicals with this product designed especially for children. Each tablet contains beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, proanthocyanidins, licorice flavonoid extract, and lycopene. You may use this product with either Herbasaurs Chewable Vitamins Plus Iron or Herbasaurs Liquid Multiple Vitamins Plus Iron.

Pau D'Arco (100 capsules) $12.90
Pau D'Arco (270 capsules) $34.20
Pau D'Arco Extract (2 fl oz) $9.90
Pau D'Arco Power Pack (30 packets) $42.50
Pau D'Arco/Taheebo Tea (7 oz) $20.70
Pau D'Arco Lotion (4 fl oz) $12.65

Pau d'arco is an incredibly versatile herb with antibiotic, antifungal, immunostimulant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties. This herb has been used with candida and other fungal problems, staph infections, viral infections including herpes, and skin problems including eczema and psoriasis. Historically it was used to treat leukemia, diabetes, and cancer.

Pau d'arco extract is a convenient liquid that is easily absorbed for those who prefer taking herbs in liquid form.
Par d'arco/taheebo tea is the bulk herb ready to brew into a warm, healing tea. Because it is in liquid form, it is very easy to absorb. To brew, bring one quart of water to a boil. Add 2-4 tbls of herb and gently boil for about five minutes. Reduce heat, simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Pau D'arco Power Pack is a effective, immune enhancing program containing 30 packets for a 10-day supply. Each packet contains 2 capsules each of SC Formula (shark cartilage with reishi mushroom), Pau d'arco, and E-tea (encapsulated form of Essiac tea).

Pau d'arco lotion is soothing lotion that includes aloe vera in its formula. It can be used for a healing massage or applied to problem skin such as eczema, psoriasis, herpes outbreaks, and many others. Pau d'arco lotion doesn't have a medicinal smell or leave a greasy feeling.

Thim-J (100 capsules) $14.00
Thim-J is a combination of herbs that build the immune system and feeds the thymus and parathyroid glands. The thymus converts the B-cells to T-cells that then destroy abnormal cells. This formula is used when the immune system is exhausted from battling chronic conditions such as hepatitis, candida, chronic fatigue syndrome, and any condition where antibiotics have been used excessively. Thim-J may interfere with sleep if taken too late in the evening. This formula contains herbal sources of chromium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc. It contains rose hips, beta-carotene, broccoli and cabbage powder, Siberian ginseng root, Parsley herb, red clover flowers, wheat grass powder, and horseradish root.

U�a de Gato� (Cat's Claw) (100 capsules) $19.20
U�a de Gato� (Cat's Claw) (2 fl oz) $22.20

Many have experienced such wonderful results with una de gato that it is now considered equal, if not superior, to the world's foremost immune-fortifying herbs: echinacea, golden seal, pau d'arco, garlic, and Siberian ginseng. It has also been compared favorably with shark cartilage and caprylic acid. It is particularly beneficial to the immune, digestive, and structural systems. Each capsule contains 300 mg of una de gato combined with echinacea purpurea

The U�a de Gato liquid contains only certified Uncaria tomentosa. Each 1 ml provides 500 mg of una de gato.

VS-C (100 capsules) $15.65
VS-C (100 vegitabs) $15.65
VS-C (2 fl oz) 4 Kids Too! $15.65

This Chinese herbal combination fortifies the body's natural resistance to chronic viral infections. It was introduced to Nature's Sunshine by Dr. Xie, a native Chinese herbalist, who designed it specifically to aid in combating the herpes virus. Suggested use is four capsules two to five times a day.