Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on prevention. In fact, in olden times, TCM practitioners were routinely paid when their patients were healthy and not paid when their patients got sick! The basic premise of TCM is “superior medicine prevents disease, and inferior medicine treats disease.” As a result, Chinese healthcare practitioners met with patients daily or weekly and essentially promoted good sleep habits, daily exercise, balanced diets, smart hygiene, getting fresh air every day and taking herbal formulas to maximize immune systems. It goes without saying, healthy people are better able to fend off many diseases.
Herbs Fight Back
As far back as 2000 years ago, many TCM herbal formulas were created to strengthen various parts of the immune system. Today, these classic TCM formulas have been analyzed by modern scientific methods and not surprisingly, many of the herbs employed in these formulas demonstrated antibiotic or immunostimulant or antibacterial or antiviral effects. As a result, most modern pharmaceutical drugs were originally derived from natural herbal sources, including penicillin [the oldest antibiotic] and gentimicin [one of the most potent].
Advantage of Herbs
One huge advantage to taking herbal medicine is its very low likelihood of causing side effects or contraindications with other regimens. Typically, it’s safe for everyone from babies to elderly folks to take herbal formulations. Another plus, each formula can be customized to meet individual needs, body weight and symptom severity.
How Amethyst Can Help Boost Your Immune System
As an herbalist, I’m very familiar with the TCM herbal formulas and specific herbs used for immune boosting. In fact, many of these herbs are used for dermatological patients because a compromised skin barrier can lead to compromised immune systems.
So, during this time when everyone should focus on immune boosting, Amethyst would like to extend help to anyone who is interested in fortifying their immune system.
To be clear, Amethyst is not offering a “vaccine” against coronavirus – but for anyone looking to build up general immunity right now, we’re happy to provide immune boosting herbal formulas. To set-up your :15 appointment ($30), email Amethyst Holistic Skin Solutions. We’ll discuss types of herbal formulas available, how herbs should be taken, shipping details and respective costs.
There are steps we can take to promote health.
Let’s do what we can!
About the Author
Olivia Hsu Friedman, LAc, Dipl.OM, DACM, Cert. TCMDerm, is the owner of Amethyst Holistic Skin Solutions and treats Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, and TSW. Olivia treats patients via video conferencing using only herbal medicine. Olivia is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Acupuncturists, serves on the Advisory Board of LearnSkin, and is a faculty member of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Group sponsored by the National Eczema Association.