Happy Chinese New Year? Well, not exactly in China. The coronavirus—a new, contagious respiratory infection—has millions of Chinese citizens on mandatory lockdown.
Celebrations for the Lunar Chinese New Year (January 25; 2020 is the year of the rat), arguably the most important traditional holiday, were as festive as a ghost town in the American Wild West.
Coronavirus international cases have been confirmed, including cases in the U.S.
Thus far (Jan 30, 2020), coronavirus has killed 213 people according to official reports out of China, with nearly 10,000 confirmed cases. The numbers are climbing fast, and many more cases are waiting to be confirmed. To prevent the nightmare scenario of past SARS epidemics, in which thousands died, Chinese officials are taking no chances.
In the city of Wuhan, where the virus originated, 11 million people are being quarantined to contain the virus; neighboring cities are also on lockdown as the lethal force of the virus is still unknown. Throughout China, extraordinary measures are being taken to contain the outbreak. Most Lunar New Year celebrations in the country’s capital, Beijing, have been outright canceled. In Shanghai, Disneyland is temporarily shut down.
As Chinese hospitals overflow with coronavirus patients, international cases have been confirmed, including five cases in the U.S. as of this writing.
And there’s more bad news on the flu front in the States… Health officials here say that this year’s flu vaccine is not a good match for this year’s prevalent strain of flu, Influenza B-Victoria.
How To Strengthen Your Immune System Holistically
If ever there was time to be an obsessive-compulsive hand washer, maybe now is a good time as ever. However, the truth is that washing your hands frequently along with eating healthy is not nearly enough to dramatically reduce your chances of becoming infected by seasonal attacks. Beyond getting the flu shot (remember: this year’s vaccine is not well matched for the circulating dominant strain), here’s what you can to help support your immune system.
- Take Jade Defender
- Manage Your Stress
- Use Essential Oils
- Drink Adaptogenic Tea
- Throw Away Toxic Ingredients From Your Home
Jade Defender: Time-Tested Over The Centuries, Backed By Research To Prevent “Cytokine Storms”
In research from 2013, published in the journal PLOS One, an ancient Chinese herbal decoction was studied for its influence on the immune system, specifically cytokines.
Cytokines are proteins that act as chemical messengers between cells. Some cytokines such as interferons, interleukins, and TNF-alpha, strictly function within the immune system. Cytokines target immune cells and interact with immune cell receptors. When cytokine proteins bind to cells, a specific response occurs. While this might seem like a good thing for the immune system, just like with practically all things in life, too much of anything is a bad thing.
In the case of influenza, the dreaded “cytokine storm” occurs. This is characterized by a surge of activated immune cells into the lungs. Again, this sounds like a protective, positive effect, right? However, the resulting deluge from the storm of immune cell in the lungs results in inflammation.
Excess inflammation in the lungs leads to fluid buildup. Consequently, the fluid buildup can result in pneumonia. Pneumonia is a secondary condition to influenza. However, in most fatal cases of influenza, it’s pneumonia that causes mortality.
So back to the study on the ancient Chinese remedy. Can an herbal remedy with only 3 plant extracts effectively neutralize cytokine storm?
Yu Ping Feng San, or Jade Defender (or Jade Screen), the researchers concluded, has been successfully applied in a clinical setting for its antiviral and anti-bacterial effects. This includes preventing severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS virus). The researchers believe that Jade Defender builds up defensive Qi (loosely interpreted as the immune system) by both stimulating and suppressing cytokine releases. In other words, perhaps Jade Defender helps the body achieve a Goldilocks zone of immune response: not too much and not too little.
How Does Jade Defender Work?
Astragalus root (Huang Qi), is regarded as the “senior of all herbs” in the Essentials of the Materia Medica (A.D. 1694), and considered the most effective immune tonic herb. The second herb in the formula is Atractylodis Rhizome (Bai Zhu). The compounds in Bai Zhu have been studied for their positive effects on the inflammation response (most notably, lowering the inflammation response). The third herb in Jade Defender, Siler Root (Fang Feng) expels “wind.”
Wind is considered an external “pathogenic evil” in TCM theory. Fang Feng also eliminates other conditions that may lead to viral attacks, including dampness.
Start taking Jade Defender now. And with international air travel as prevalent as it is now, these days, seasonal attacks can strike any time of year, not just winter.
Stress Compromises The Immune System. Use This To Help.
A little bit of acute stress here and there isn’t that harmful. If someone cuts you off in traffic, for example, your stress hormones come to the rescue to make sure you steer your car to safety. But obviously, chronic stress can negatively impact your immune system. Perhaps it seems that you don’t have much control over your stressors. There’s bills to pay and constant worry about not saving enough money for the future. Throw in being unsatisfied with your job, arguing with your spouse, worrying about the future of the country and that of the planet!
It’s never been more important to maintain a stress-management routine. Using a phone app to meditate; practicing breathing techniques; taking yoga or Tai Chi classes … these all are extremely effective stress-relief tools.
But for an extra boost of stress management, our best-selling formula, Ease Tonic may help. For some people, after taking Ease Tonic for a while, deep concerns seem far less significant.
Adapt To Stress With Adaptogenic Herbs
One of the biggest health trends over the last few years has been the emergence of adaptogenic herbs (adaptogens). Adaptogens are considered some of the most potent, natural stress-busters. Astragalus, one of the three herbs in Jade Defender, is considered an adaptogenic herb.
So, too, is licorice root, schisandra fruit, reishi mushroom, rhodiola root, and both American and Siberian ginseng. And thanks to the latest advances in herbal extract technology, these adaptogenic herbs can be consumed as an instant tea. Adaptogens, because of their balancing properties on the human body, may also benefit the immune system.
Essential Oils For Immunity
In addition to herbal supplements, essential oils from certain plants may also support your immune system. Using essential oils to disinfect your home, or applying them topically (if properly diluted), diffusing oils, and applying to a bath are a few different ways to use essential oils for immunity. The compounds in specific oils such as clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, and lemon have been studied in vitro for their antiviral effects.
You may also want to consider using household cleaners free of synthetic chemicals. These toxic ingredients may build-up in the liver over time, thus potentially weakening your immune system.
Suggested Reading From The ActiveHerb Blog:
My Eight Favorite Chinese Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu Season
The Best Adaptogens For Stress & Fatigue That Are Also Popular Chinese Herbs
Yu Ping Feng San, an Ancient Chinese Herbal Decoction
Cytokines and How They Work
The cytokine storm of severe influenza
Deadly immune ‘storm’ caused by emergent flu infection