Monitor the health of your community here

Herbs to Increase White Blood Cells

White blood cells are an important part of your immune system. MedlinePlus states that white blood cells, also known as leukocytes, help combat infection and may be one of five distinct types, including neutrophils, basophils, eosinophils, monocytes or lymphocytes 1. Your white blood cells may live from several days to several weeks. Some herbs may boost your white blood cell production. Visit your doctor to discuss herbs that may be appropriate for this health purpose.

Is This an Emergency?

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

White Blood Cells

The Franklin Institute states that a single drop of your blood may contain between 7,000 and 25,000 white blood cells. This number may significantly increase if your body is fighting a persistent infection. The institute notes that a consistently elevated white blood cell count may be indicative of leukemia. Some leukemia sufferers have white blood cell counts as high as 50,000 per drop of blood. Each of the five different types of white blood cells has a unique appearance and distinct characteristics and functions.

  • The Franklin Institute states that a single drop of your blood may contain between 7,000 and 25,000 white blood cells.

Helpful Herbs

Supplements for a Low White Blood Cell Count

Learn More

There are several herbs that may boost your white blood cell count, including herbs that are beneficial for your immune system. Many of these herbs may also be helpful in the recovery from chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

Ligustrum -- a shrub indigenous to certain parts of Asia -- is a frequently prescribed herb to help increase white blood cell count. Tilgner reports that ligustrum is often used to increase white blood cell production and may work well in combination with the herb astragalus in treating certain types of cancer. Ligustrum, notes the University of Michigan Health System, is most often used to improve immune function and treat infection 3. The berries of the ligustrum plant are used in herbal preparations.

  • Ligustrum -- a shrub indigenous to certain parts of Asia -- is a frequently prescribed herb to help increase white blood cell count.
  • Ligustrum, notes the University of Michigan Health System, is most often used to improve immune function and treat infection 3.

Considerations

Herbs for Liver & Spleen Support

Learn More

Herbal remedies may be a safe and effective way to boost your white blood cell count. However, not all herbs are appropriate for every person. Some people should avoid certain herbs due to allergies, other medications they might be taking or other health problems. Herbs should be used in combination with other therapies recommended by your family physician to help improve your white blood cell count. Talk with your doctor before ingesting herbs for this purpose.

  • Herbal remedies may be a safe and effective way to boost your white blood cell count.
  • Herbs should be used in combination with other therapies recommended by your family physician to help improve your white blood cell count.
×