A medical diagnosis is the process of determining which condition or disease explains a person’s symptoms. Often times in western medicine, upon diagnosis the treatment is focused mainly on relieving symptoms. The medical world has been drawing connections between inflammation and ailments in the human body. Fortunately for us, the human body is always seeking a state of equilibrium achieved for optimal function (i.e. homeostasis). When you take this into consideration, you might make the connection that often times, symptoms showing up in the body are a more complicated indicator of a lack of overall balance. So what can we do to achieve such balance with our health?
The body is miraculously complicated, as are all the body’s systems: circulatory, digestive/excretory, endocrine, exocrine/integumentary, immune/lymphatic, muscular, nervous, renal/urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and skeletal. With that in mind, I’d like to suggest my favorite herbal supplement that does so much for our all-around levels of homeostasis when it comes to each one of these systems:
Andrographis, a.k.a. the King of Bitters!
Generally speaking, American diets don’t regularly incorporate bitter as one of the five basic tastes the tongue is sensitive to (which also includes sweet, salty, sour, and pungent). Bitters support digestive function by promoting digestive juices, assisting in breakdown of food and absorption of nutrients – as well as regulating appetite. Andrographis assists with this tenfold!
We’re featuring this herb, available in both liquid and capsule form, because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Its major role is to support a healthy immune response. This is a pro-active herb to take during the winter because it’s both preventative as well as “...used as an antipyretic [fever reducing] for relieving and reducing the severity and duration of symptoms of common colds and alleviating fever, cough and sore throats....”* It is one of my favorite power herbs to have in my home first aid kit because it’s most effective when taken at the first onset of a cold.
When seeking a bang for your wellness buck this winter, check out Andrographis!
-Arwyn Wildingway, VFC Wellness Buyer