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Echinacea General Information
Also known as purple coneflower, Echinacea has been one of the most popular herbal medications for over in a century in both the United States and Europe. Native Americans used Echinacea angustifolia for respiratory infections and snakebite. Towards the end of the 19th century, this herb became widely known as an herbal concoction called “snake oil” remedy; and until the introduction of sulfa antibiotics, Echinacea was considered to be the number one cold and flu remedy in the United States.

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Echinacea Uses & Scientific Evidence For
Three species of the Echinacea herb are useful in medicine: Echinacea augustifolia, Echinacea purpures, and Echinacea pallida. Research has shown that Echinacea increases production of interferon in the body, which helps increase antiviral activity against influenza (flu) and herpes, an inflammation of the skin and mouth. It is antiseptic and antimicrobial, with properties that act to increase the number of white blood cells available to destroy bacteria and slow the spread of infection. This herb is thought to be an immune stimulant. Taking this herb at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms can actually shorten the term of a cold or even abort it when caught early enough.

The German Commission E recommends Echinacea juice for supportive treatment of recurrent respiratory infections, and the Echinacea root extracts for flu-like infections.

According to The American Journal of Natural Medicine, Echinacea is one of the most extensively researched herbs with well over 350 scientific research studies documenting the use of Echinacea for the prevention or treatment of colds. Studies suggest however, that Echinacea activates the body’s infection fighting capacity over a short term. It is not believed that long-term use will boost the immune system and in some cases can impair your immunity.

In 2006 the Reuters Health Information reported that the Use of Echinacea or the extract should be used before the onset of full-blown symptoms of the common cold. There are approximately one billion colds reported annually, at this meeting a Dr Sachin A. Shah told them that 20% of patients report using nutraceuticals for symptoms management. Of these, Echinacea is the most commonly used. Also reported was the Dr. did a study at the University of Connecticut on Echinacea. This study found that Echinacea cut the cold incidence by 58% and duration was shortened by two (1.9) days.

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Echinacea Dosage Information
Echinacea is usually taken at the onset of a cold or flu and continued for 7 to 14 days. When using a powdered extract, take 300 mg 3 times a day. The standard dosage of an alcohol tincture (1:5) is 3 to 4 ml 3 times daily. For Echinacea juice, take 2 to 3 ml 3 times a day, and the whole root, 1 to 2 g, 3 times a day. Echinacea comes in many forms: Capsules, Tablets, Powder and Tincture, the best result is to follow the instructions on the package.

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Echinacea Safety & Interaction Information
Echinacea herb should NOT be used as an everyday tonic as its effectiveness will be increased if used ONLY when the body really needs it.

This herb appears to be safe and non-toxic, even when taken in high doses; however, people who are allergic to ragweed or plants in the sunflower family should use Echinacea herb with caution. This herb should not be taken for prolonged periods of time by people with progressive disorders such as TB, leukosis, collagenosis, MS, AIDS, HIV infection, and autoimmune disease. Also worsening of metabolic profile in diabetics is reported with the use of Echinacea angustifolia. Echinacea herb should not be given to children younger than 2 years old without a physician’s approval. The safety for using Echinacea herb during pregnancy or while breast-feeding has not been established. If used beyond 8 weeks, Echinacea herb could cause hepatotoxicity and therefore should not be used in combination with other known hepatoxic drugs, as anabolic steroids, amiodarone, methotrexate, and ketoconazole.


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