Immune System: Physical
The immune system is a physical component of the First Chakra . The immune system pretty much covers all things allergy, asthma, autoimmune and immune challenge related. And while the digestive tract isn’t part of the first chakra, it certainly carries a bulk of the immune system: 70%!
So let’s talk about how we can better support the immune system beginning in the gut and work our way out into the rest of the body.
It Starts in the Tummy
If you struggle with any immune based challenges, it’s a good idea to start by assessing the gut. If there’s an imbalance in the microbiome (the microbial community) of the gut, then 70% of your immune troops are preoccupied since 70% of your immune system resides in the gut.
Things like Candida, intestinal parasites, SIBO and H. Pylori will keep your immune system down and out, fighting at less than optimal capacity in its ability to handle systemic immune challenges like chronic viral or bacterial challenges, autoimmune issues, allergies or asthma.
So if any of those challenges are of issue for you I’d suggest you start there. There have been many autoimmune patients of mine who were able to see significant improvements just by balancing the digestive tract.
If you’ve already addressed the digestive tract and are still dealing with immune challenges, then it’s time to go after the chronic immune challenge and give your body direct support.
Depending on the challenge, whether it’s virus, bacterial, fungal or parasitic in nature, you can bring in some natural support.
Bacterial: (Herbs) Andrographis, Goldenseal, Garlic, Ginger, Thyme (Essential Oils) Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, OnGuard blend, Thyme
Viral: (Herbs) St. John’s Wart, Cat’s Claw (Essential Oils) Melissa, Black Pepper, ArborVitae
Fungal: (Herbs) Garlic, Oregano, Androgtaphis (Essential Oils) Melaleuca, Arborvitae
Parasite: (herbs) Wormwood, Artemesian, Andrographis, Garlic (Essential Oils) Clove, Fennel, Oregnao, Lemongrass
Immune Gland and Organ Support
Glands like the Thymus and organs like the Spleen and Liver are also connected to a healthy immune system and when you’ve tried to harmonize the immune system’s environment and still find yourself struggling with challenges, then it may be time to bring in support for the immune organs and glands.
The thymus gland is responsible for releasing the big attackers (T-cells) on behalf of your immune system. When the thymus gland is down, your ability to rally around infections become diminished. The thing about the Thymus gland is that it’s vulnerable to radiation and toxic chemicals, both of which are heavily prevalent in today’s modern culture. Additionally, the thymus gland starts to shrink beginning in your 20’s! So it’s not unusual to find yourself in need of a little extra TTLC (Thymus TLC).
Herbs that are known to support the thymus are echinacea, licorice, yarrow, pau’d arco, rosehips, wheatgrass and barley grass. Essential oils known to support the thymus are melaleuca, thyme, bergamot, clove, oregano and eucalyptus.
The spleen filters blood and can be thought of as an immunologic conference center. Basically, it captures foreign materials (antigens) from the blood, which may or may not, depending on the material, initiate an immune response. If a threat has been detected, the spleen will activate B cells for attack and antibody creation.
If the spleen needs extra support you can try ginseng or astragalus herbs or simply apply marjoram directly over the spleen.
While your liver isn’t an organ directly connected to immune system, I’ve seen the liver repeatedly play a factor in allergies, asthma and chronic viral infections.
Viruses like Hepatitis (A, B, C, E) and herpes viruses like Epstein-Barr, cytomegalovirus (CMV) and herpes simplex virus are known to hang out in the liver. Yes hepatitis lives in the liver and directly affects the liver. However the later viruses live in the liver but effects on organs outside the liver! So regardless, it makes sense to support the liver.
If you have allergies or asthma, you may want to focus on decongesting the liver. You can do this with dandelion root, Oregon grape, milk thistle or burdock. Essential oils that can decongest the liver are lemon and wild orange essential oils. Often the congestion isn’t in the liver so much as it is in the gallbladder (which is the organ that the liver dumps toxins into). In this case, geranium essential oil might be more appropriate for you. I recommend drinking the 1-2 drops of a citrus oil in water and doing 2 drops of geranium oil in a veggie cap.
These suggestions are meant to offer you a little guidance and support to give your immune system more support. If you’ve been struggling with chronic immune challenges it’s certainly a sign that your body needs a little extra support.
Another suggestion is to take a look at the emotional component of the first chakra: tribal identity and “family dynamics.” We’ll be covering that aspect of health and healing in the immune system next week.
Lots of love and TLC to you and your beautiful immune system,