Chinese herbal medicine offers some time-tested insights to promote healthy immune function, relieve cold and flu symptoms, and support recovery following infection.
Central to the Chinese system of medicine is the concept of Qi (pronounced 'chee'), the vital energy or life force that flows through channels called meridians in the human body. In Chinese terms, feeling tired, having low vitality or being susceptible to respiratory infections such as colds may mean that you don't have enough Qi. In particular, these signs and symptoms may be due to lack of Defensive Qi - a specific form of vital energy that supports the body's resistance against illness.
Defensive Qi is generated within the body and distributed by the Lung organ-meridian, which is the system in Chinese medicine that not only controls breathing, but also the voice, sinuses, skin and mucous membranes.
Together, the Lung organ-meridian and the Defensive Qi are considered responsible for maintaining healthy resistance and helping to fight off infection, but may be compromised by factors such as excess Wind, Cold or Heat.
To support your Defensive Qi and the health of your Lung organ-meridian system, Fusion® Health offers a range of premium products that combine the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine and the modern science of Western herbalism, plus premium nutritional products to support your immune function and reduce the risk of minor respiratory infections such as colds.
Strengthen your body's immune defences with Fusion® Health Astra 8® Immune Tonic, which contains herbs traditionally used in Chinese medicine to support immune health, increase resistance to stress, improve stamina, enhance vitality and promote recovery during convalescence.
Newly reformulated to be even more potent, Astra 8® Immune Tonic contains a synergistic blend of herbs such as Astragalus, Ligustrum, Ganoderma (Reishi) and Codonopsis, which together augment the Defensive Qi and strengthen the body's resistance mechanisms, especially those underpinning healthy immune function.
Astra 8® Immune Tonic can be taken throughout winter, and may be especially beneficial for adults and children prone to recurrent sore throats, colds and flu, or who are run down due to stress. Combines well with Cough Lung Tonic to aid recovery after respiratory infection.
Each tablet contains extracts equivalent to dry: Astragalus membranaceus root 3g (3000mg), Ligustrum lucidum fruit 1g (1000mg), Atractylodes macrocephala root 750mg, Codonopsis pilosula root 750mg, Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) fruiting body 650mg, Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng) root 450mg, Schisandra chinensis fruit (Schisandra) 300mg, Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Licorice) root & stolon 100mg
Fusion® Health Cold & Flu contains herbs which help to relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections such as colds, flu, tonsillitis, laryngitis and sinusitis, including sore throat, catarrh, mucus congestion (including glue ear), pain, inflammation and fever. It may also help reduce the duration of cold symptoms.
In Chinese medicine terms, this formula includes herbs traditionally used to expel Wind and clear Cold or Heat without causing dryness, thus preserving the body's recuperative powers. For example, Isatis tinctoria root and leaf helps to clear Wind-Heat, which can manifest as sore throat, fever and perspiration. Scientific studies indicate that this herb also enhances immune system function and has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Take Fusion® Health Cold & Flu at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms and continue treatment for three days after the symptoms have cleared. When required, Cough Lung Tonic may be taken at the same time to relieve coughing. Follow with Astra 8® Immune Tonic to assist recuperation and strengthen resistance.
Each tablet contains extracts equivalent to dry: Isatis root & leaf 900mg, Echinacea root 625mg, Lonicera 550mg, Forsythia 525mg, Andrographis 475mg (equiv. to andrographalides 11.9mg), Platycodon 375mg, Magnolia 350mg, Schizonepeta 300mg
* Liquid formula excludes Andrographis for a more pleasant flavour
Fusion® Health Cough Lung Tonic combines herbs traditionally used in Western and Chinese herbal medicine to soothe the bronchial airways and relieve productive and unproductive coughs, bronchial dryness, and spasm associated with bronchitis, common colds, flu and upper respiratory infections including laryngitis. It also supports immune health, assists with recuperation, and helps maintain healthy lung and respiratory function.
From a traditional Chinese perspective, Cough Lung Tonic dissolves and clears phlegm, moistens Dryness, reduces spasm and moves Lung Qi downwards to relieve cough due to Wind-Cold, Wind-Heat or Lung deficiency.
Each tablet contains extracts equivalent to dry: Inula helenium (Elecampane) 500mg, Marrubium vulgare (White Horehound) 470mg, Pinellia ternata 450mg, Aster tataricus 300mg, Houttuynia cordata 300mg, Platycodon grandiflorus 300mg, Stemona japonica 280mg, Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Licorice) root & stolon 190mg, and Thyme Oil 100% 10mg
Fusion® Health Zinc Advanced combines a highly bioavailable form of organic zinc with high strength vitamin C and vitamin B6 to enhance immune function and strengthen resistance to minor infection. Zinc Advanced may reduce the severity and duration of colds and other minor respiratory infections.
Along with vitamin C and vitamin B6, zinc is essential for the healthy production and activity of many different types of immune cells, including some of those involved in phagocytosis (the process in which invading organisms are engulfed and destroyed).
People who may be susceptible to zinc deficiency and might benefit from taking Zinc Advanced to support their immune health include older people, athletes, vegetarians and vegans, children, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Each tablet contains: Zinc glycinate 164.5mg (equiv. zinc 50mg), Vitamin C 1000mg, Vitamin B6 50mg
Fusion® Health Probiotic Advanced supports immune function to promote respiratory health, and may help reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract infections. It helps maintain the health of the intestinal microflora (including after antibiotic use) and supports healthy bowel function to improve bowel movements and help reduce flatulence, bloating and abdominal discomfort.
Fusion® Health Probiotic Advanced contains a combination of scientifically researched HOWARU® and FloraFIT® bacterial strains, specially selected for their demonstrated ability to survive the harsh digestive environment, adhere to the mucous membranes of the human gastrointestinal tract, and inhibit the colonisation of the gut by 'bad' bacteria. Dairy-free formula, suitable for use by adults and children over 2 years.
Each vegetable capsule contains the following 'friendly' bacteria: Lactobacillus acidophilus (FloraFIT® La-14) 12 billion colony-forming units (CFU), Lactobacillus plantarum (FloraFIT® Lp-115) 7 billion CFU, Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (HOWARU® HN019) 4 billion CFU, Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (FloraFIT® Bl-04) 3 billion CFU, Lactobacillus rhamnosus (HOWARU® HN001) 2 billion CFU, Lactobacillus rhamnosus (FloraFIT® Lr-32) 2 billion CFU