Cistanche Herba, the dried stem of Cistanche deserticola, is highly valued by traditional Chinese medicine for a variety of health issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought increased attention to boosting the effectiveness of our immune systems. Cistanche has a proven ability to boost the immune system.
Laboratory animal and human studies confirm the efficacy of Cistanche to improve immune function. The animal studies showed significant increases in levels of T cell and natural killer (NK) cells and a decrease in interleukin-6 (IL-6) in mice with immunosenescence, the deterioration of the immune system attributed to normal again. The lifespan of the animals was extended by 15% compared to the control group.
Human studies of elderly patients reported an over 6% increase in helper T cell and a 12% increase in NK cells. Improvements were noted also in macrophages, naïve T cells, dendritic cells, and B cells. Another interesting discovery was the improvement in vascular function with the Cistanche testing.
My primary focus for this article is the natural option of Cistanche to boost immune function. As I was studying Cistanche I came across a wide variety of other noteworthy health benefits – lifespan elongation, cardiovascular protection. neuroprotection, liver protection, memory and learning enhancement, bone metabolism improvement, and modulation of the sex hormone levels.
The immune system is complicated and dependent on all the processes working properly to enable adequate protection against foreign invaders to the body. The coronavirus is a new enemy.
Increases in B cells, T cell, naïve T cells, memory cells, natural killer cells, and more enhance and boost the performance of the immune system. Countering the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines like IL-6 and promoting anti-inflammatory cytokines like IL-10 add to the body’s overall protection, especially when the body ages.
The normal aging process allows the deterioration of many of our organs, hormones, and other critical components for good health. Many of these functions affected by growing older can be effectively countered allowing a better lifestyle and protection against new diseases and age-related diseases.
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