Deep Immune—An Adaptogenic Powerhouse
Nearly all the herbs in Deep Immune® are adaptogens, restoring normal adrenal function, improving stamina, overcoming fatigue, and helping the body cope with stress, overwork, and chronic illness. Adaptogens bring the body into a state of homeostasis and stabilize its physiological processes and systems—including the heart, circulation, metabolism, immune function, digestion, the brain, and the reproductive organs. Adaptogens tend to be preventers of disease and have even been called “medicine for healthy people.”
Deep Immune – The Consummate Immune Balancer
Adaptogens that double as immune herbs are better termed immunomodulators rather than immunostimulants. They do not necessarily stimulate immune function, but rather act to correct underlying mechanisms by which immune function goes awry. Compromised immunity lies at the root of a wide range of health problems and is best described as an imbalance rather than a simple excess or deficiency in cell type or function.
Naturopath Eric Yarnell sets down a list of herbs that he terms “immunomodulators,” with “adaptogens” as a subheading. His list includes astragalus, codonopsis, eleuthero, reishi, and schisandra, all of which are components of our Deep Immune® formula. Meanwhile, herbalist David Hoffmann lists several herbs that he calls “deep immune activators,” namely, astragalus, codonopsis, reishi, shiitake mushroom, ligustrum, and schisandra.
The Individual Ingredients and Immune Function
Naturopathic doctors Anthony Godfrey and Paul Richard Saunders class ligustrum as an immunomodulator and adaptogen. They place much stock in the role of astragalus as an adaptogenic immune system modulator, while pharmacological and animal studies show that it has significant immune enhancing properties. Clinical trials have proven that eleuthero, for its part, enhances immune function, especially natural killer and T-helper cells. As for reishi, two of its principal active constituents are its polysaccharides and its triterpenoids. Polysaccharides have been found, among other things, to enhance the immune system.
A Classic Fusion of Science and Tradition
Deep Immune® is one of St. Francis Herb Farm’s signature formulas, solidly rooted in a growing body of corroborative scientific research.
Astragalus root is a perennial herb native to northern China and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen for a healthier stress response and to support your immune system.
Codonopsis root is a milder substitute to ginseng in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Also called bonnet bellflower on account of the shape of its blossoms, codonopsis can be found throughout China and other parts of Asia. Use it as an adaptogen to boost immune system health and brain power.
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
Eleuthero root has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. A woody shrub that hails from the forests of northeastern Asia, eleuthero is an adaptogen used to increase stamina, as a tonic, and to boost overall health.
A classic perennial shrub native to Eurasia, licorice has been used as a medicine from the beginning of recorded history. Licorice root is the most widely used herb of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen to increase resistance to stress and to promote a healthier immune system response.
A large evergreen shrub that was originally indigenous to China but is now cultivated in other places, ligustrum grows to more than 30 feet in height. Its fruit is a longstanding and highly important mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the first written record of its therapeutic use reaching back to the Shan Hai Jing around 800 B.C. Use it as a tonic to support the immune system and to guard against infections.
A mushroom that enjoys near mythic status in Traditional Chinese Medicine, reishi has been valued in the cultures of the East for millennia as the "king of herbs." Ming Dynasty texts describe it as a remedy that "mends the heart." Use it as an adaptogen to lower the effects of stress and to modulate immune system response.
The bright red berries of this woody climbing vine that grows in the forested regions of northeastern China, as well as Russia. Schisandra berries have a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen and tonic to promote endurance, lower stress, and boost your immune system.
An aromatic perennial herb that enjoys an ancient heritage in Traditional Chinese Medicine, white atractylodes grows in northern Asia in the mountain-girt valleys of China's Zheijiang province. Use it as an immune system tonic and to support overall body functions.