The herb, Echinacea, also called the purple coneflower, actually consists of nine distinct species, but only three varieties are used in herbal medicine. Those three varieties are:
It is native to the plains of the North American continent, and it has been cultivated for many years and used in traditional medicine and natural healing.
Major benefits of Echinacea
It is best known as a possible cold fighter and immune system booster. While the results of various clinical studies have so far been inconclusive, many of those who use Echinacea on a regular basis report a lower incidence of colds, flu and other infections than before they began taking the supplement. Another effect seems to be its ability to boost the production of interferon, an important substance used by the body to fight viral infections.
When taking Echinacea to fight an existing cold, flu or other condition, it is important to take the herb at the first sign of cold or flu. Echinacea is thought to have the ability to shorten the duration of these common illnesses, but it is important to take the supplement when the first symptoms appear.
In addition to its role as a possible cold and flu fighter, Echinacea is being studied as a way to fight common respiratory ailments like bronchitis, sinusitis and strep throat. These common illnesses often recur year after year and Echinacea is thought to have the power to prevent their recurrence. As with colds and flu, it is best to take the herb at the first sign of illness.
Echinacea is also being studied as a possible way to speed up the healing of cuts and wounds to the skin, as well as a way to reduce inflammation. Conditions that have been successfully treated with Echinacea supplements include burns, cuts, scrapes and sores, as well as abscesses, boils, canker sores and eczema. Echinacea can be applied directly to the skin in the form of a cream or taken orally to promote a healthy immune system response to skin issues.
It has even shown promise at treating one of the most baffling conditions of modern life – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. While science is still unsure of the origins and causes of CFS, many of those who suffer from this puzzling condition have reported relief from their symptoms when taking Echinacea supplements.
Various parts of the plant produces Echinacea, including the flowers, leaves, stems and roots. These are all used in the many different commercial preparations on the market. It is important to be sure that the supplements you buy contain pure ingredients in sufficient quantities to be effective against colds, flu, infections and other conditions. It is important, therefore, to carefully read the label when choosing supplements, and to buy only from quality and reputable companies.
Echinacea supplements are available in quite a number of forms, including soft gels, capsules, tablets, ointments, liquids and tinctures. In addition, the Echinacea herb can be purchased in a dried form and brewed into a soothing and healing tea. There are also a number of creams containing Echinacea that can be rubbed directly into the skin to promote healing and improve the condition of the skin.
Originally posted 2019-10-21 12:43:22.