Echinacea was first reported in a medical journal in 1891 and was recognized in 1910 as an immune stimulant (leukocytes or white blood cells). Enchinacea angustifolia may be the most potent form in this species.
Properly prepared Echinacea has been validated in cases of abscesses, boils, diphtheria, fever, lung ailments, gangrene, malaria, ulcers, staph, strep, typhoid, cystitis, snake bite, and malignancies. It is antibacterial, anesthetic, interferon like in activity, stimulates gamma globulins and properidin, killer T cells, inhibits tumour growth, immune system modulator, anti-candida and antiviral, promotes cellular immunity, anti-inflammatory, inhibits hyaluronidase, blood purifier, antimicrobial, and more.
German scientists feel Echinacea begins to stimulate the immune system tissue in the mouth as soon as taken. Properly prepared Echinacea is non-toxic and non-mutagenic.
When considering Echinacea, please use it properly. It is best used when you feel a cold or the flu coming on. My choice is to use fresh plant extracts, and this is what I most often recommend. Take the number of drops equal to one-half of your body weight, for a week or two. If you are not improving, then switch to a deeper acting herb, such as Elder. It may be that your body needs additional herbal support to strengthen your immune system. If this is the situation, then contact your health care provider.
Herbal medicine is the historical basis for medicines in the Untied States, the USP and National Formulary.
Gayle Eversole, DHom, PhD, MH, NP, ND, is a natural health educator and advocate. Celebrating 50+ years blending science and the natural healing arts. Visit: http://www.leaflady.org/
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