Naturopathic medicine offers a wide variety of treatment options to support immune function and decrease cold and flu frequency and severity. The first step to try to identify the specific reason for compromised immune status. Several factors can play a role including low vitamin, mineral and protein levels, poor sleep, a history of elevated stress as well as frequency of exposure to cold and flu viruses.
Suboptimal intake of iron, vitamin D, vitamin A, B vitamins and vitamin C can have a significant impact in some people and result in frequent colds. For others, inadequate sleep reduces the secretion of growth hormone required for proper immune protection. In addition, high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can play a role in depleting immune resources.
Naturopathic treatment for a compromised immune system typically involves some diet changes to improve nutrient intake along with some supplemental vitamins depending on the specific deficiency. For example, Vitamin D has been shown to be vital for immune cells that line the respiratory tract and low levels of vitamin C are correlated with poor pathogen resistance. These and other nutrients are often low in people who experience frequent colds and flu.
In addition, medicinal herbs are used to improve immune cell production and resistance to infection. There are many highly effective herbs used by Dr. Andresen to correct a compromised immune system. For example, astragalus is an immunomodulating herb that has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and has long been used to prevent viral infections.
Book your appointment with Dr. Andresen to find out how naturopathy can help boost your immune system and improve your resistance to colds and flus.