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LARCH Tree! A NATURAL CURE for Colds and Flu


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Look at this BEAUTIFUL LARCH BANZAI tree-I found here at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. It is one of the only conifer trees that loses it’s “needle-like” leaves in the winter. It also has been shown to have A POWERFUL EFFECT ON IMMUNITY because of its essential sugar molecules of arabinose and galactose combining to make ARABINOGALACTAN.

Arabinogalactan is anti-inflammatory and stimulates natural killer NK cells and macrophages enhancing the ability to fight infections like colds, flus, upper respiratory and ear infections. It has also been shown to inhibit cancer growth and metastases! Improving natural killer cell activity has also been beneficial for those with chronic infections like hepatitis, AIDS as well as autoimmune disease.

Further– Larch extract is a “pre-biotic” or FOOD for the “pro-biotics” or good bacteria in the gut. These are actually apart of the immune system as well and both Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus populations increase with larch consumption. This is also the reason I commonly will have patients put a teaspoon of Arabinogalactan powder with a 1/2 tsp of freeze dried aloe vera in a little water and take for chronic intestinal conditions like ulcers, colitis and Crohn’s. These healthy sugars have also shown to decrease ammonia production in the body which is helpful in liver failure and also shown to reduce the amount of metastases to the liver.

This supplement is readily available at most health food stores and it is mildly sweet taste so it is easily taken by CHILDREN and those with a sensitive palate. For immunity I recommend LARCH POWDER, ELDERBERRY, COD LIVER OIL and CHEWABLE VITAMIN C for children who are susceptible to multiple infections throughout the school year.

If you have Larch growing then you can take the INNER BARK which is loaded with these healthy molecules and either make a tea or dry the bark, grind to a powder, and take it in water by the teaspoon. This bark powder and arabinogalactan can also be used TOPICALLY for SORES and BURNS. These bark powders and teas were used by Native communities for food and tonic effects for thousands of years for health and healing.

Find your local LARCH TREE or come on by our office and pick up a container of LARCH EXTRACT ARABINOGALACTAN and get the immune system BOOSTED for this INFECTIOUS SEASON!

– be well- Dr. Iverson

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10231609
http://www.nativetech.org/willow/tamarack/tamarack.html

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