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Echinacea - Nature's Immune Tonic

Echinacea - one of our best infection fighters...

The North American Indians of the prairies have known for hundreds of years that Echinacea is a potent healer. They used to gather the wild purple coneflower that looks very much like an aster daisy and extract the beneficial properties of this herb. They used Echinacea in many of their traditional and ancient herbal remedies. 

When the early colonists had no access to western medicine, they were grateful to have the healing balm of the Echinacea root applied in the ancient Indian tradition, to the many wounds they sustained breaking in the new land.

In 1871 Echinacea was introduced into medicine by a man in Nebraska USA, who learned of its value as a blood purifier from the Indians. As well as its blood purifying properties, Echinacea is an effective antibacterial, antiviral and immune system stimulant or infection fighter.

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What health problems can Echinacea help with?

Echinacea is effective against both bacterial and viral attacks, including conditions such as acne, as an antibiotic and antiseptic, as a blood purifier, for blood poisoning, for ear infections, eczema, fevers, gangrene, herpes and cold sores, as a gargle, for swollen glands, sore gums, infections, insect bites and stings, swollen lymph glands, cleansing the lymphatic system, mouth sores, mucous, for skin problems, sores, tonsillitis, strep throat and wounds - to name a few.

Liquid Echinacea is excellent for all problems relating to the throat and glands and is absorbed into the body fast.

Echinacea and immunity…

Echinacea is one of the best-researched immune stimulant and tonic herbs. Well over 100 scientific research studies illustrate Echinacea's broad-spectrum use for prevention and treatment. Echinacea is very effective at accelerating your body's healing capabilities during a cold and flu.

Recent years have seen an increasing number of people with diseases of the immune system. Scientific research on the uses of Echinacea has focused on its value as a stimulant to the immune system. Echinacea helps build up the supply of white blood cells in the body. Echinacea is probably one of the most potent weapons in any immune enhancing program. In stimulating the immune system, this valuable herb has been shown to be able to arrest the growth of bacteria and fungi, as well as having antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Echinacea has the ability to inhibit the spread of infection and aids the healing process.

Echinacea protects the cells against viral-induced influenza and herpes, including cold sores.
It is effective against both viral and bacterial attacks, not so much by killing these organisms, as by supporting the body's own immunity. Echinacea is especially useful as an influenza preventative and for infections of the upper respiratory tract, such as laryngitis, tonsillitis and for catarrhal conditions of the nose and sinuses. Echinacea is also important at the onset of colds or flu.

Echinacea as a blood purifier

Echinacea is the king of blood purifiers. It is the most effective blood and lymphatic cleanser in the botanical kingdom, having been scientifically studied for its chemical ability to neutralise harmful venom from poisonous snakes, scorpions, insects and other toxic substances.
It may be a valuable alternative to antibiotics, when used properly.

What is the dosage of Echinacea?

Echinacea appears to be most effective when taken in small repeated doses over an extended period of time.

Using a liquid Echinacea is the best way to treat any cold or flu like symptoms. This is because it is absorbed into the body quickly, for faster results. After an initial intensive dosage, this should be taken until 3 days after all symptoms have gone, to help prevent it coming back.

Are there side effects of taking Echinacea?

There are no generally recognised side effects of over-dosage. But do not take this herb if you have an allergy to the Aster family.

At the beginning of a cold or flu, Echinacea is best taken every 2 hours. For long-term use, Echinacea should be taken 3 times daily for 6 to 8 weeks, then discontinue for 2 to 4 weeks before repeating the cycle.

It is an excellent herb to use for children as well as adults and it comes in capsules as well as liquids.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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