Common Name - Purple Coneflower
Parts Used A juice is made from the above ground part of the plant. The root is commonly dried and available in capsule form.
Prevention and treatment of colds and flu.
Helps boost sluggish immune system.
Aids treatments of recurrent infections of the ears, respiratory tract and urinary tract.
Reduces recurrence of vaginal yeast infections
How Echinacea works
In a nutshell, Echinacea helps stimulate the immune system into action. To do this it helps activate white blood cells and supports the production of interferon, an important part of our defense against viral infections which cause colds and flu. As a result our immune system is stronger and we have a better defense against infections.
Short term - As soon as you notice symptoms take 40 drops of juice or 2 capsules. Then 40 drops of juice or 1 capsule every 2 hours until you feel symptoms are lessening.
Long term (perhaps to boost immune system before the flu season begins)– Take 40 drops of juice or one capsule 3 or 4 times each day.
Echinacea should not be taken continuously for more than 8 weeks, as after this time it’s immune boosting powers may lessen. A two week break is recommended before you start taking the herb again.
Side Effects There are no known side effects.
Echinacea should not be used by people with auto-immune illnesses, or systemic diseases such as tuberculosis and multiple sclerosis.
The current European monograph on herbs lists no contraindications for taking the expressed juice of Echinacea purpurea during pregnancy or lactation.
If you are allergic to flowers in the daisy family you should not take Echinacea.
The History of Echinacea
Natives Americans used Echinacea to treat snake bites, fevers and hard to heal wounds. .
It was first used by a U.S. medical practice in 1887 and quickly became very popular among the medical professionals. However, in the early part of this century it lost popularity and virtually disappeared from the U.S. medical scene
Echinacea was rediscovered in the 1930’s by Gerhard Madaus, a German doctor, and since then more than 200 journal articles have been written about this amazing purple wildflower.
It is now among the most popular herbal preparation in the United States and Europe.
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