Sunday, May 13, 2007

Wham: Andrographis for Sinusitis and Summertime Colds!

In the newly released June issue of Prevention Magazine, the author of an article discussing "3 New Superhealers You Should Know About" (linked to the headline of today's post) describes the effects of a summer cold and why it is worth seeking out alternative and complementary products. Summer colds can last longer than the usual cold, and they are particularly annoying, because they come at a time when you should be out enjoying special days with family and friends. Nothing worse than having your vacation ruined by sniffles, sore throats or fatigue.

Here's what Prevention had to say about one of those "3 new superhealers" . . .

Andrographis: Shorten Summer Colds

Andrographis does a great job of relieving upper-respiratory infections, such as colds or sinusitis, says new research. A study in the journal Phytomedicine reported that the herb eased symptoms such as fatigue, sleeplessness, sore throat, and runny nose up to 90%.

Maximize the benefits: Roberta Lee, MD (medical director of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City) and Terry Graedon, PhD (coauthor with her husband, Joe, of Best Choices from the People's Pharmacy recommend Kan Jang® (available at ProActive BioProducts), an herbal extract produced by the Swedish Herbal Institute and used in several of the trials.
Verde Botanica's IMMUNICITY consists of not only Andrographis, but Eleuthero as well, which wasn't noted in the article above. The combination makes it totally unique -- clinical trials such as those reported on above are most often done with this combination of two herbs. Great support to ward off summer colds, support healthy sinuses, or any other required immune boost.


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