Echinacea: Powerful Immune System Booster!
• Supports healthy immune function
• Supports healthy inflammatory response
• Supports healthy yeast levels
• Helps speed wound healing
• Useful for blood purification
What is Echinacea?
Echinacea is one of the most popular and well-researched therapeutic herbs available today. Echinacea is related to the sunflower family. There are nine species, but only three are used medicinally, Echinacea angustifola, Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea pallida.
American research has focused on Echinacea angustifola, whereas European research has focused primarily on Echinacea purpurea. Native Americans have used Echinacea to support healthy immune function for hundreds of years.
There is a large body of scientific evidence that supports the fact that Echinacea is beneficial to the immune system; and supports production of white blood cells. Clinical studies also show the benefit of using Echinacea extract to lessen the severity and duration of colds and flu, possibly shortening them by 1-4 days. In addition, clinical trials also indicate that Echinacea may be effective in prevention and treatment of upper respiratory tract infections.
The known active compounds unique to Echinacea are polysaccharides and phytosterols to mention a few. The plant part used is the root and leaf.
It is recommended to use Echinacea periodically for only two weeks at a time because it loses its effectiveness if used continuously. The effectiveness is restored in another 1-2 weeks.
How does Echinacea work?
Echinacea is thought to support the immune system by activating white blood cells. Three major groups of constituents may work together to increase the production and activity of white blood cells (lymphocytes and macrophages), including alkylamides/polyacetylenes, caffeic acid derivatives, and polysaccharides.
Echinacea may also increase production of interferon, an important part of the body’s response to viral infections. Several double-blind studies have confirmed the benefit of echinacea for treating colds and flu.
How much is usually taken?
At the onset of a cold or flu, 250mg can be taken two or three times daily for a total of 7 to 10 days. Do not take for more than 2 weeks during the month.
• Echinacea is considered to be safe and well tolerated in typical doses
• If you have kidney disease, an autoimmune disorder, or are allergic to plants in the sunflower family consult your healthcare practitioner prior to using Echinacea containing products.
• If you are pregnant or lactating consult a healthcare practitioner prior to using Echinacea.