On its own, astragalus is one of the most potent herbs for promoting healthy lung and immune function. But to maximize results, consider adding two other herbs to your Astragalus Instant Tea: Siler Root and Bai Zhu.
These two herbs act as auxiliary herbs for astragalus in the classic immune-support formula, Jade Defender. By combining astragalus, siler root and bai zhu extract granules, you can make Jade Defender Instant Tea.
A research study in Oncology Reports concludes, Siler rootSiler root (Saposhnikovia divaricata), which also has a mildly sweet taste, contains potent antioxidant and protective properties. The Chinese name of the herb, Fang Feng, translates as “wind prevention.” In TCM theory, Wind is one of the 6 evils that can disrupt Yin-Yang balance (homeostasis). Fang Feng is a time-tested, immune-supporting formula that’s often combined with Huang Qi.
Relatively few people in the West are familiar with Bai Zhu. However, Bai Zhu is considered by herbalists to be on par with perhaps the most well-known Chinese herb: ginseng.
In Chinese medicine theory, Bai Zhu invigorates Qi and strengthens Spleen. When an evil invades, it can cause low energy and poor appetite and/or digestion. By invigorating Qi and strengthening Spleen, Bai Zhu may help resolve these issues.
Small Formula, Big Results: Licorice and Ginger (Gan Cao Gan Jiang Tang)
Two other herbal extract granules to consider for supporting your immune system are licorice root and dried ginger.
Gan Cao, as licorice is known in Chinese, literally means “sweet grass.” Its use as a remedy was first mentioned over 4000 years ago in the oldest-surviving Chinese medicine guide: Shennong׳s Classic of Materia Medica.
Arguably the most ubiquitous herb in all of Chinese medicine, licorice root, from a TCM perspective tonifies the Spleen (improves digestion), augments Qi (supports energy), moistens the Lungs, resolves Phlegm (stops the accumulation of fluids).
Modern science reveals that licorice contains at least 73 bioactive compounds including glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid. These two triterpenoid compounds are responsible for the immune supporting function of licorice.
By making instant herbal tea a part of your daily routine, you’re helping prime your immune system.
From a TCM perspective, ginger warms the middle and disperses cold, creating a hostile environment for evils. And from a Western perspective, it’s the spice’s phenol compounds such as gingerol and shogaol (phenols are a class of antioxidants) that confer its many purported health benefits.
But how does ginger support a healthy immune system? One way in which it does so is by enhancing glutathione activity. Glutathione is the body’s internal master antioxidant.
Herbal extract granule tea is easy to make and take. Simply heat up water, add a scoop of the extract granules, stir for a few seconds, sip and enjoy. And of course, as the saying goes, a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down; just make sure you don’t add too much sweetener, as sugar may suppress your immune system. You can also sprinkle the granules as a topping in yogurt or smoothies.
For thousands of years, the method of extracting the medicinal compounds from the stems, roots, bark and rhizomes (underground stems with lateral leaves) of herbs was a lengthy, messy and sometimes stinky affair. But now with extract granules, it’s never been easier to brew a cup of immune-supporting herbal tea.
See for yourself how easy it is to brew a cup of Instant Herbal Tea in our YouTube video, below (1:22).