Discover herbal insights and take a close-up look at all things plant related with our in-house herbalist and formulator, Michele Milligan.

We asked Michele to answer questions about some of her favorite plants. Check out her latest response below!

Q: How long should I take formulas with echinacea, astragalus, and other immune-stimulating herbs?

A: Well, it depends on the dosage for echinacea. If you use echinacea in high dosage in an acute situation, you will use it for 3-5 days. On the other hand, if echinacea is in a formula and not high in milligrams, then it functions as a great lymphatic herb. So you may use the formula for up to a month, or longer, depending on the symptoms presented.

Astragalus is an herb that can be used long-term and help individuals with chronic conditions. Some herbalists don’t like to use astragalus during an active cold and flu and would switch the herbs to more microbial balancing herbs, and then once past the acute phase, you can move back to more supportive herbs like astragalus. In general, astragalus is used to help support weak kidney function, improve immune function, and restore vitality to a weakened condition.*

As far as other immune stimulating herbs, it would depend on the herb in question. For example, suppose you are using microbial balancing herbs in large amounts to stimulate the immune system, depending on the duration of symptoms. In that case, you may use something longer than 3-5 days and even up to a month.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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