Time to boost your winter recovery and enjoy the warmer days ahead

With winter over, now is the time to strengthen your immune system and help your body recover from colds or flu. Too often we skip the opportunity to fully recover, but supporting healthy recovery is easy, and here’s how.

Once upon a time we took time out to fully recover from colds and flu, children were kept home from school and grown-ups didn’t go to work. We rested, ate chicken soup and were given adequate time to convalesce during this final but important stage of illness.

There are three stages to an infection, and while recovery comes last it’s certainly important when it comes to good immune health

1. Resistance phase - preparation before an infection starts

2. Acute phase - infectious phase of illness

3. Recovery phase - recuperation after illness

The golden rule to recovering well is rest! Too often we prematurely push on, without letting our immune system and Defensive Qi (vital energy) recover from illness. This can make us susceptive to potential repeat infections and deplete our vitality. Taking time out to let your body recuperate supports healthy recovery.

Chinese immune restorative herbs for recovery during convalescence

Chinese herbs, known as ‘immune restoratives’ can help restore a healthy immune system and speed up recovery from colds, flu, tonsillitis and bronchitis. The following 8 Chinese herbs work synergistically to help recovery during convalescence.

  • Astragalus membranaceus
  • Ligustrum lucidum
  • Atractylodes macrocephala
  • Codonopsis pilosula
  • Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi)
  • Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng)
  • Schisandra chinensis
  • Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Licorice)

Herbs for healthy immune function and vitality

Together these immune tonic herbs can help recovery in three ways

  • Support healthy immune system recovery during convalescence
  • Restore depleted white blood cells after an infection
  • Replenish Defensive Qi (vital energy), which can become depleted during illness

One of the unique immune products available in health food stores is Fusion Health Astra 8 Immune Tonic which contains all of the above mentioned herbs.

Written by Peita Handel

Herbalist, yoga teacher and health writer, Peita writes to inspire and inform. Her personal passion is women’s health, specialising in prenatal and postnatal natural health in the Blue Mountains, NSW

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