The Echinacea Experts
Friday, September 12th 2003
Millions of Europeans use Echinacea as their primary therapy for colds, flu, infections and general immune boosting and thousands of doctors currently use Echinacea for treating infectious diseases.
More than 500 scientific studies document the chemistry, pharmacology and clinical applications of Echinacea. The most consistently proven effect of Echinacea is in stimulating phagocytosis - encouraging white blood cells and lymphocytes to attack invading organisms. Echinacea stimulates the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting infections. Unlike antibiotics, which are directly lethal to bacteria, Echinacea makes our own immune cells more efficient in attacking bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells.
Clinical Study: An extract of Echinacea significantly increased resistance to flu and reduced symptoms of lymph gland swelling, inflamed nasal passages and headache. Braunig et al 1992.
Nature's Way Echinacea Herbcapsules is Certified Organically Grown and processed. May shorten the length of illness and ease the symptoms.
Nature's Way Echinacea Astragalus + Reishi is a powerful anti-viral and immune stimulating formula and may be proven helpful in cases of respiratory problems such as bronchitis. Astragalus is a tonic in China for people recovering from illness or chemotherapy as it helps improve white blood cell count and activity thus helping the immune response. Reishi is a medicinal mushroom which has been used for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory actions.
Nature's Way Echinacea with Goldenseal Root capsules or liquid extract is a unique combination of seven herbs to help with winter ailments. The liquid extract is The First Aid Kit in a Bottle and may assist with sore throats, swollen glands and other mouth and throat infections.
Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Infection Fighting:
Echinacea with Astragalus and Reishi
Echinacea with Golden Seal Liquid
Echinacea with Golden Seal Root
Inner Health Plus
Superior Olive Leaf
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