Experts are advising people to use the herbal medicine Juniper and other plants in their diet to help boost their immune systems, including by giving them the ability to fight off infections.
The herb has been used in China for centuries for ailments including hay fever and typhoid fever, but there is a growing interest in using it to treat chronic and life-threatening conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
The World Health Organization recommends people take one gram of Juniper every three to five days.
The National Institutes of Health recommends people eat as much as five grams a day of the plant.
According to the U.S. National Institutes on Aging, the herb is one of the top three dietary sources of vitamin A and other vitamin-like compounds for the prevention of chronic disease.
Juniper oil is a compound found in the leaves and stems of the herb, and is a potent antioxidant that has been shown to help fight off certain types of infections and cancer.
The herbal medicine also helps prevent and treat certain kinds of infections such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections, heart disease and stroke.
It has been tested in clinical trials to show positive effects.
According the U, National Institutes, Juniper is a popular herbal remedy and is also used to treat the following conditions:Alzheimer’s diseaseA common coldA common ear infectionA urinary tract infectionBacterial infectionsBacterial pneumoniaCancer, rheumatic fever, and cancer of the bladderVascular diseaseCancer of the pancreasDepression and anxietyDepression, anxiety and depression of the central nervous systemDepression of the immune systemHair loss, acne, and hair loss, especially in young women and menFibromyalgia, psoriasis, eczema, psoriatic arthritis, psoralen, and psoribioticsTreatment options are limited because the herbs have not been evaluated in clinical studies.
But the National Institutes said the herb also is a good source of vitamin D and calcium and other nutrients, and can be taken in pill form.
Junipers are often used in Asian cultures for a variety of ailments, including psoropharyngitis and meningitis, and the National Research Council said they have a role in protecting against diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
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