We devote this article to providing a roundup of the qualities and benefits of echinacea....
by M. Daniels, who has been professionally writing and editing technical non-fiction articles and publications for over 3 decades.
Echinacea is also known as: Kansas niggerhead, narrow-leaved purple coneflower. Its scientific designation is Echinacea angustofolia.
Traditionally it has been classified as:
It has been noted among herbal tea remedies as:
One study has suggested that some Echinacea supplements could have
A 2007 study by the University of Connecticut
concluded that Echinacea could cut the chances of catching a cold by
than half, and shorten the duration of a cold by an average of 1.4
Critics of these studies say that the evidence provided is not conclusive.
Proponents of Echinacea maintain that the studies which have dismissed
it from among natural cold remedies, have not used the same components
and administered them
in the same way and under the same conditions as when positive results
have been obtained.
Echinacea is popularly believed to be an
immunostimulator, stimulating the body's non-specific immune system and
warding off infections.
It was widely used native American herbal remedy
employed by the Plains
Indians for its general medicinal qualities.
Echinacea was one of the
basic antimicrobial herbs of a variety of medical practices from the
century through the early 20th century, and its use was documented for
snakebite, anthrax, and for relief of pain
In the 1930s Echinacea became popular in both Europe and America as a herbal medicine largely because a Swiss herbal supplement maker was misinformed about Echinacea being used for cold prevention by Native American Indians. In truth, the tribes who did use it, used Echinacea to treat some cold symptoms such as coughs and sore throats, headaches, and as an analgesic.
That's our roundup of the benefits of Echinacea: It is still used
today and is generally available in
health-food stores and is particularly popular as one of the herbal
remedies for acne. One online source of this defense enhancing
herb we've discovered is
Natrol's Echinacea in Easy to Swallow, Fast Acting Capsules.
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