The immune system plays an important role in defending the body against diseases and in particular infectious diseases. It intervenes throughout the body and drives out bacteria, viruses, fungi and other germs. The body’s immune defense must therefore act quickly to prevent the entry of foreign bodies or eliminate them. Here are 6 medicinal plants that help strengthen general and antiviral immunity.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a medicinal plant widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. It strengthens the body’s natural defenses by intensifying the formation of antibodies. In case of fatigue, it has a stimulating and invigorating effect. While certain plants help alleviate the symptoms of cold snaps, astragalus stands out for its preventive and immunostimulating action against diseases caused by a virus such as the common cold or the flu. It should be noted that it is not recommended in case of fever or in a person already sick, because it risks making the virus more resistant and stronger.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) is one of the most suitable plants for boosting the immune system. It is native to North America and has long been used by Native Americans to treat wounds or to treat certain infections, especially those of the respiratory tract. It helps to alleviate the symptoms of colds and cold snaps.
Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa), with its small black berries to be eaten fresh, dried or in the form of juice, syrup or jams, is a plant rich in antioxidants and flavonoids. Its high content of vitamin C and polyphenols allows it to stimulate immune function and increase the body’s defences.
Acerola (Malpigbia punicifolia) is known for its high concentration of vitamin C. A real source of vitality, this plant effectively helps fight infections such as the flu, colds, angina or colds.
A medicinal plant recognized by the WHO for its beneficial effects on health, ginseng (Panax ginseng) strengthens the immune defenses and helps fight against asthenia, a state of physical and mental exhaustion. Using this natural remedy reduces the risk of developing a respiratory infection and helps alleviate cold symptoms. Qualified as an adaptogenic plant, ginseng provides a regulating function and increases the vitality as well as the body’s resistance to external aggressions.
A natural antiviral, elderberry (Sambucus nigra) in flower is one of the medicinal plants recognized by the WHO to treat colds. It can be consumed in the form of candy to treat sore throats. Thanks to its content of antioxidants and phenolic acids, elderberry is effective in strengthening the immune system. Taken at the onset of a cold, it helps stimulate sweating. Likewise, it decreases the discharge by drying the nasal mucosa.