Dr. Taz MD’s Weekly Q&A, October 23, 2013

Q: Now that flu season is approaching, what can I do to boost my immune system?

A: The flu is fast approaching, but luckily there are tons of immune boosting herbs and supplements that can help you stay well this winter.  Astragalus, an immune boosting herb, is known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is often taken in dropper form or pills.  Mushrooms, including maitake and shiitake, also protect the immune system. Mushrooms can be taken as teas or tinctures.  Oscillinium is a homeopathic remedy that helps treat flu symptoms, often found in pellet form.

While supplements and herbs help, the old fashioned rules of hand washing and maintaining a low sugar diet still apply. Juicing can also help build immune function.