Immune system Immune system
Unrest Sore throat
Diseases Chronic diseases, colds, flu, respiratory infections, tonsillitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, ear infections, leukopenia, herpes, urinary tract infections
Beneficial Immunostimulant, immunomodulator
Echinacea is a small ornamental robust than a meter high, with a single rod. The leaves are lanceolate Echinacea and depending on the variety has a light down or gear or naked (hairless). The stem of echinacea is overlooked by an inflorescence with flowers at the edge strips of dyed purple, pink and white that bloom from July to September.
Echinacea comes from North America and Central and specifically in Ohio and the great prairies and plains. It is cultivated in Europe for its temperate climate, because he favored the sunshine and rich soil and drained or sandy. Only cultivated Echinacea is used for medicinal purposes because it is in the wild being extended. Echinacea flowers are harvested in spring, while its root (age two or three) is harvested in autumn and dry in the shade.
Echinacea composition Echinacea medicinal properties
Echinacea is composed of polysaccharides and essential oils, alkylamides and polyacetylenes, flavonoids including caffeic acid esters, of alkamides, of échinolone and betaine.
Echinacea is primarily an immunostimulant (immune booster) an immunomodulator (regulates responses of the immune system). These two properties are certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) the German Commission E, which recognizes the importance and effectiveness of echinacea in all viral diseases of winter.
This plant is recommended in prevention and treatment of viral infections (such as influenza and colds) all winter assault. Echinacea is essential to treat colds (reduction in the duration and complications in the future) and chronic conditions especially those that follow the virus, respiratory infections (sinusitis laryngitis) and relieves sore throats, sore throats and ear infections.
The virtues of echinacea allow a significant reduction in side effects (leukopenia, decreased number of leukocytes) that affect people in radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Through stimulation of the immune system, echinacea is also used for urinary tract infections.
Applied topically, echinacea helps heal wounds and skin inflammations, chronic ulcers and also treats herpes, also recommended by WHO and ESCOP.
Echinacea other uses
Echinacea is considered an ornamental plant in gardens embellished everyone. Some varieties of this plant are used to restore grasslands for beautification of these places. It finds use in the supply of stocks of fodder for animals.
Chronic conditions (due to a viral infection), colds, flu, respiratory infections, tonsillitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, sore throats, ear infections, leukopenia, herpes, urinary tract infections.