Why do we use Echinacea?
Echinacea (lat. Echinacea Purpurea, E. Angustifolia, E.pallida) is a wild pink flower originating from North America. Drug substances of Echinacea have an immunostimulatory effect, therefore they stimulate the immune system to produce more defense cells. Echinacea is a natural antibiotic and very reliable cleaner of the lymphoid cells.
Echinacea is used for:
-Propensity to frequent infections that heal with antibiotics, but who quickly returns (repeated throat infections, respiratory tract, ear)
-Colds, flu and other viral infections
-Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
-Periodontitis ulcers in the mouth
-After fungal infection of the mouth
It is used as a prevention of bronchial inflammation, the most common bronchitis.Moreover, it is a powerful anticancer agent, reduces digestive problems, prostate diseases, inflammation of the gums, larynx, pharynx, ear, stab wound or insect bites. Coneflower stops the progression of cancer cells.
How does Echinacea work?
Coneflower has the ability to block the enzymes that allow for the penetration of streptococci, staphylococci, pneumococci, etc., and thus prevents the spread of an infection.
It also prevents the development of a large number of viruses, protozoa, bacteria and fungi, and will also act on the recovery of connective tissue after infection.
Studies have confirmed its effectiveness in reducing the number and severity of cold and flu, during a viral season.
German Commission E (the body trained by the Ministry of Health created to examine the justification for the use of traditional herbal medicines) approved coneflower for use in the treatment of colds and chronic infections of the respiratory tract, as well as infections of the lower urinary tract.
How do we use echinacea?
In clinical phytotherapy the limit is set to 8 weeks of application, a recommendation is 4-6 weeks and as a preventive, it`s best to use in periods when there is an infection or flu. In a case of existing infections, the best effect is achieved when used in high daily doses, in a period of 1-2 weeks.
When should we avoid echinacea?
Based on theoretical assumptions, coneflower should be avoided in case of:
-Progressive systemic autoimmune diseases(AIDS, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, collagen diseases, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis)
-With the concomitant use of corticosteroids and immunosuppressive
– Allergies to other plants of the family Asteraceae (Asteraceae): chamomile, dandelion, marigold
What side effects can occur when applying Echinacea?
There has been not recorded any side effects when using this plant.
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