Echinacea ( Echinacea purpurea ) is organically grown in Germany
AKA Black Sampson, Narrow-leafed purple coneflower, Rudbeckia, Sampson Root, Snakeroot, Sonnenhut.
Cautions please be aware that herbs, although natural can interact with certain medications, and that they may be ill advised to use under certain health conditions. Please consult a qualified health practitioner for cautions pertinent to you.
No therapeutic claim is made or intended for this product. Information is for educational purposes only.
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Actions: Anti-microbial, immunomodulator, anti-catarrhal, alterative.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) has a long history of use by many alternative traditions. Its use is believed to have originated with the North American Plains Indians, but in more recent times, echinacea purpurea was noted among the group of herbs also used in European traditional medicine.
Like many medicinal herbs, echinacea is believed to have a number of healthful properties, making it particularly useful for a variety of applications. Most commonly known as an immunostimulator, echinacea is believed ward off infections by strengthening the body's immune system. As such, it may provide relief from a range of respiratory issues such as sinusitis, cold, virus and hay fever. Echinacea also boasts mild antibiotic properties that may be effective in guarding against staph and strep infections. In addition, echinacea purpurea is an antibacterial agent often used in traditional treatments of skin conditions such as eczema, acne and burns.
"Daily intake should be restricted to what is deemed necessary. During cold and flu season, two to four capsules per day is sufficient. In the presence of acute infection, that dosage may be increased, without danger, to more than 8 capsules. In the presence of chronic infections, such as chronic hepatitis, echinacea may be used continuously for several months. However, for the maintenance of a healthy immune system, echinacea is most wisely used periodically--a few weeks on, and a few weeks off, throughout the year. Echinacea is not a tonic in all aspects; granted that it has been observed to stabilize the production of neutrophils, such tonic action has not been observed on other immune factors, such as properdin production. In the absence of conclusive experimental findings, it is both safe and wise to assume that the constant, unremitting use of echinacea could be stressful on certain aspects of the immune system. During breaks, the immune system will adapt and increase in natural strength."