are many herbal and natural remedies on the market, but few are
as known as well as the herb Echinacea. For many years, Echinacea
has been one of the world's most popular herbs, and it is being
studied for the ability to fight colds, flu, and other common ailments
The herb we know as Echinacea (aka in some circles the purple coneflower)
actually consists of nine distinct species, but only three varieties
are used in herbal medicine. The three varieties are:
parts of the plants, like the roots, leaves, stems, and flowers,
are used in hundreds of different commercial products and herbal
supplements. Depending on the preparation and the variety used,
this popular herb may be able to stimulate the immune system and
fight bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes.
and the immune system
Echinacea is both safe and powerful, and it is thought to stimulate
various immune system cells that are crucial in the fight against
infection. Additionally the herb is also thought to boost the ability
of the cells to produce interferon, a substance vital to the fighting
particular, Echinacea is thought to help reduce susceptibility to
colds and flu. This herb is most effective when taken at the first
sign of a cold or flu. For those who are already afflicted by colds
or the flu, Echinacea is believed to have the power to shorten their
duration and severity.
is also being studied for its possible role in fighting respiratory
ailments as bronchitis, strep throat, and sinusitis. It is thought
that the immune boosting properties of Echinacea are responsible
for the ostensible effectiveness in fighting chronic infections.
Echinacea may also aid in speeding the healing of wounds to the
skin, and in reducing inflammation. Conditions treated by Echinacea
include burns, sores, cuts and scrapes, and also boils, abscesses,
canker sores, and eczema. Echinacea preparations can be applied
directly to the wound or taken orally to promote a healthy immune
comes in a wide variety of forms, and many different products, including
tablets, capsules, soft gels, liquids, and tinctures. Echinacea
can also be bought as a dried herb and brewed in a tea. There are
a variety of Echinacea preparations consisting of creams that can
be rubbed onto sunburns and other skin irritations to offer relief.
buying Echinacea, either at your health food store or over the internet,
you should read the label carefully. Some preparations will contain
mixed ingredients from several different species, and from many
parts of the plant.
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