Herbal Remedies for Immunity
Wild Indigo (Baptisia
Wild indigo has been used for centuries as a natural antibiotic against infections.
The medicinal parts of wild indigo are in the roots. The chemicals that stimulate the immune system consist of glycoproteins and, to a lesser extent, polysaccharides. Wild indigo has antibiotic and immune-stimulating effects as well as anticatarrhal properties.
Wild Indigo as an Antibiotic
Wild indigo has an antibiotic effect on a wide range of microbes, including many bacteria and fungi. It kills the microbe by preventing it from multiplying in the body.
Wild indigo also has an immune-enhancing effect. It is also a strong decongestant.
The combination of anti-infective effect combined with immune stimulation makes wild indigo a very useful herb for fighting infection and terrorist inflicted biological agents. These natural remedies act on more than one dimension to provide you with effective relief.
Taking wild indigo orally in the form of a tincture was found to result in a 30-percent increase in the number of white blood cells in the body within two to three hours of taking the substance. White blood cells are the cells that fight infection A similar effect is obtained by taking a homeopathic preparation incorporating this herb.
Wild indigo also appears to activate the lymphocytes the most.
Wild Indigo Applications
Because of its antibiotic and decongestant effects, wild indigo is most useful in the treatment of infections of the respiratory tract. It is effective in the treatment of various acute and chronic infections of the sinuses, the lining of the nose, the tonsils, the throat, the lower respiratory tract, the larynx, the trachea, and the bronchi.
It is used in the treatment of infections associated with the production of large amounts of mucus in the upper respiratory tract-the ears, nose, throat, and sinuses.
Wild indigo can also be used externally. Apply as an ointment or salve to treat abrasions, skin infections, wounds, and sore nipples in breast-feeding mothers.
Wild indigo is very safe if used as directed. It may even be given to young children at the correct dosage. Large doses of the tincture, however, have caused poisoning.
A tincture is recommended for maximum benefit.
Take two to four milliliters three times a day.
Wild indigo also can be used in powder, capsule, or tablet form.
For the best effective treatment of infections, combine wild indigo with echinacea or myrrh.