When was the last time you got sick?
How many times a year do you get sick?
Are you fully bed-ridden or do you go along with your days and just ride it out?
Are you tired of taking sick days?
Viruses are everywhere and affect us in different ways.
From the common cold, to herpes eruptions around your mouth, to even more and potentially devastating HPV-related genital warts and cervical dysplasia/cancer, they are ever-present.
Your immune system is a key player in preventing recurrent HPV infections and persistent side effects. Frequent infections, such as colds, sinus infections, and herpes eruptions are all signs that your immune system could use a little boost.
Like any virus, your immune system is the one in charge of keeping HPV at bay. While there is no clear cure for HPV, boosting your immune system is one way to prevent recurrent infections and keep you symptomless for as long as possible.
There are many ways to stimulate your immune system, but sometimes you need a little extra support.
Astragalus membranaceus, commonly known as milk-vetch in the North America, is a perennial plant native to Northern and Eastern China, and Korea.
Its dried root has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine to tonify Qi, or your “vital force” for a variety of conditions, particularly those involving the immune system. This is a go-to plant during the cold and flu season.
Astragalus is also known as an adaptogen, meaning that it helps the body adapt to stress, protecting you from all stressors of physical, mental, and emotional origins.
Basically, Astragalus works to keep you strong and healthy through times when you might be tired or stressed out.
Did you know that Astragalus stimulates the immune system in a number of ways?
Cell and animal studies have shown that Astragalus can enhance the activity of natural killer (NK) cells and killer T-cells, two of the important immune system players that attack and neutralize invading pathogens in the body.
It has also been shown to stimulate the actual production of white blood cells, antibodies, and production of interferons, your body’s soldiers against viral infections. These may seen like complicated terms, so all you really need to understand is that Astragalus is very good at activating multiple parts of your immune system.
A cell-based study was completed specific to cervical immortalized epithelial cell growth, a side effect of HPV, where Astragalus was injected into these cells. The results showed that Astragalus could reduce the chances cell death in these expanding cells. At a higher dose, the response to Astragalus as a treatment was stronger. It altered the mechanism of these infected cells in many different aspects.
In addition to immune stimulation, this plant has been shown to also have a variety of other potential beneficial effects, including cardiovascular benefits!
Additional Astragalus Facts and Information
As it has been well-known and commonly used in China for years, new research comes out about Astragalus as a novel treatment in different conditions. One review examines the anti-cancer and anti-inflammation effects of Astragalus in regards to gastrointestinal cancers.
Combined with lifestyle modifications for immune support, such as:
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Quit smoking cigarettes
- Exercise to sweat 3 to 4 times per week – this can be as simple as a brisk 30 minute walk!
- Get 8 hours of sleep per night – check out how your sleep can affect your immune system!
- Drink green tea – discover how green tea can improve HPV outcomes!
- Reducing stress – when stress is high, your body is low. Try meditation or yoga to help channel your stress through positive outlets!
- Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption – learn more about how important fruit and vegetable consumption is!
Astragalus, along with many of the other ingredients in Papillex can help boost your immune system in the fight against HPV!