We first introduced these formulas in 2020, updated in 2021, and have found that they have timeless benefit in the support of the immune system as well as the specific targets for which they are intended.
These formulations are based on the work of Buhner (see link at bottom of page) and many others, and should not be construed as a cure for any virus or illness. The formulas are designed to assist the body to maintain its own healing abilities. They offer immune support and cellular protection. 

diagram of human lungs

CORE SUPPORT Defense Formula (specifically anti-viral for SARS-group viruses)
• 3 parts – Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)
• 2 parts – Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)
• 1 part – Houttuynia (H. cordata)
IMMUNE SUPPORT Formula to reduce auto-immune response & assist immune function
• 3 parts – Cordyceps (C. sinensis)
• 1 part – Rhodiola (R. rosea)
• 1 part – Astragalus (A. membranaceous)
CELLULAR SUPPORT Formula including spleen, lymph, lung, endothelium, cilia
• 3 parts – Red Sage (Salvia miltorrhiza)
• 2 parts – Red Root (Ceanothus spp.)
• 1 part – Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
Why these herbs?
Chinese Skullcap – specific anti-viral, blocking viral attachment to cellular tissue; modulates cytokine response; anti-inflammatory.

Chinese, or Baikal, Skullcap

Japanese Knotweed – specific anti-viral, helps prevent viral attachment to cells; modulates cytokine storm; anti-inflammatory; protects against endotoxin damage. Synergistic (helps the individual herbs come together as more than the sum of their parts).

Japanese Knotweed

Houttuynia – specific anti-SARS activity, prevents damage to lung tissue.


Cordyceps – specific SARS anti-viral; protects lung cilia; encourages dendrite cell maturation (for transport of viral material to lymph) and increases T-cells; encourages the body’s ability to produce ATP “energy currency”.

Cordyceps mushroom

Rhodiola – protects lungs from hypoxia (oxygen starvation); helps to reduce auto-immune response.

Rhodiola plant

Astragalus – modulates cytokine cascade; assists in immune function and reduces auto-immune sabotage. Primary TCM immune support.

Astragalus with flowers

Red Sage – prevents cytokine cascade; protects spleen & lymph; protects & assists “warrior cells” (ACE-2 molecules).

Red Sage (Dan Shen)

Red Root – stimulates dendritic cell maturation and increases T-cells; anti-inflammatory to liver & spleen

Red Root Ceanothus plant

Chaga – immune stimulant with beta-glucans to enhance macrophage activity; anti-viral; prohibit inflammatory cytokines.

*FINE PRINT: The Wild & Weedy Apothecary is in the business of making and selling herbal products. We are not doctors, nor do we pretend to be. We do not diagnose, prescribe, advise, recommend or suggest a cure for any illness or condition. Responses may vary. Please consult an experienced herbalist or health care professional when in question.