Wind Tea provides the consumer with a starting point for regulating immune system function in both acute and chronic conditions. It is conveniently prepared into teabags and features herbs that are wildcrafted high in the Tibetan plateau, creating a world class product that may be some of the highest quality botanicals on the planet!
The focus here is to regulate abnormal immune function. This is often referred to as “sealing off the exterior”, or clearing “wind” from attacking the body in Chinese medical terminology - Read more about this. Sealing the exterior prevents infection and firms up the boundary between us and the outside world, no longer letting in pathogens that can harm us. This is an important function of the immune system.
Wind, or “Immune Tea” as David calls it, is used to treat the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concept of wind invasion. This is a classical nature based explanation of how a person can become suddenly ill, which often corresponds to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. If left untreated, these pathogens can hide out in the mucus membranes, lead to gut and respiratory dysbiosis, and develop into immune system dysfunction over time.
Do you feel like you are always battling an infection? Do you struggle with a stiff neck, sudden exhaustion, suddenly feverish or averse to cold?
This is the formula for you.
Suffering from stubborn allergies, chronic headaches, or sudden rashes ?
Wind can be a game-changer.
Does your pain change or move easily, often in response to temperature or weather changes?
This gentle yet powerful formula can shift your health in a big way.
How does Wind tea work?
Wind is designed to regulate immune system function through a combination of different activities. Immune tea gently but firmly inhibits viral, bacteria, mold and fungal growth without damaging the digestive tract or destroying the whole gut microbiome. It has immunomodulating effects, which means it can be used for either an overactive or underactive immune response. Immune tea reduces inflammation, relieves pain, supports healthy liver function, and protects the nervous system. Wind tea also has antioxidative effects, meaning it prevents damage from the metabolic strain of the body’s detoxification process.
Common applications include allergic rhinitis, headaches, swollen lymphatic tissue, joint pains, and stiff and achy muscles. This formula is especially useful for aches and pains that travel or change location frequently, often in response to temperature and weather changes.
This tea is a combination of two traditional Chinese herbal formulas – Xiao Chaihu Tang “Minor Bupleurum Decoction” and San Ren Tang “Three seed decoction”.
Xiao Chaihu Tang, as a whole, has demonstrated anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antipyretic, and analgesic effects. This widely used formula in Asia contains Radix Bupleuri “Chai hu” which independently has a wide range of biological activity. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-pyretic, anti-microbial, anti-viral, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, and immunomodulatory.
Another key ingredient, Radix Scutellarie “Huang qin”, contains Baicalin which is a compound that inhibits joint inflammation due to elevated inflammatory cytokines. These are immune cells that are over-productive in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
While reducing inflammation is important, the microbiota of the gut must be healthy in order to influence long term immune regulation. Gut health is intimately linked with healthy digestion and elimination. In a condition known as leaky gut syndrome, abdominal gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation are common.
In addition, fat soluble endotoxins called liposaccharides have been shown to have significant adverse effects on human health. Liposaccharides are components of gram negative bacteria commonly occurring in the human gut. If the gut health is compromised, these nasty compounds can travel from the GI tract into the blood circulation and wreak havoc on the body.
A diet rich in fat, meat, and grain can lead to more liposaccharides entering the systemic circulation through the intestinal lining. The endotoxemia produced by a leaky gut often combines with chronic stress and leads to a damaged endocrine system.
Liposaccharides from the diet and intestinal bacteria are also involved in a process called molecular mimicry. This saccharide component of these compounds can mimic your body’s own hormones and bind to receptors in glands like the thyroid, ovary, or testes, effectively blocking healthy hormone regulation.
The effect of this disruption may present as a thyroid, estrogen, or testosterone “deficiency”. However, this may actually be a result of blockage of the receptor rather than an underactive endocrine system that requires more hormones. In modern times with modern diets, this must be considered in cases of autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, and other conditions with low hormone levels.
While shifting to a more plant based diet will help, it will not necessarily clean the blood directly and reverse the damage to the gut microbiome. The damage done by years of endotoxins and bacteria in the bloodstream is associated with increased levels of biofilms, slimy mucus secretions of bacteria that need to be dissolved over time.
San Ren Tang works almost exclusively with the gut microbiome. A healthy gut has been shown to be a critical component of regulating immune function. Microbial inhabitants, their byproducts, and various components are necessary for immune function, and they influence how vulnerable the host is to immune mediated diseases and disorders.
The complexity of this process is why we can’t look at just one herb, vitamin, or hormone to remedy complex health conditions like fibromyalgia or autoimmune disease. We need to clean the blood, restore gut harmony, reduce oxidative stress, and remove molecular mimicry to clear out the underlying processes of inflammation and immune dysfunction, thereby removing obstructions to good health.
Wind tea is a great first line of treatment for these conditions. It is designed to be potent enough to alter the course of systemic immune dysfunction and kill dangerous microorganisms. The botanical ingredients in this formula also dissolve biofilms and clean the blood of endotoxins. Additionally, Wind tea aids in healthy digestion and supports the gut microbiome instead of causing further damage. This greatly improves the safety index and reduces unwanted gastric irritation, which is very common in the “pill” culture of modern medicine.
The pharmacology of botanical medicine is a complex and comprehensive science that integrates ancient and modern understanding. This allows for deeper insight and novel solutions to address the “untreatable” diseases of modern times. Wind tea is an example of using ancient formula and treatment principles, based on natural phenomena, to combat modern illnesses and diseases.