Echinacea was first discovered by the Native Americans in the Midwest and Great Plains and grows wild on grassland, in open woods, and fields. This popular garden perennial displays purple blossoms and grows as high as five feet. Echinacea received immediate attention and rapid popularity, in the late 19th century, because of its broad based action against many types of viral and bacterial illnesses, which was particularly evident in its amazing and impressive results of treating symptoms of the common cold or flu. The beneficial effects of Echinacea have been documented in scientific studies all over the world and it is officially approved in many parts of Europe for use as a wound-healing and anti-infective agent.
HOW ECHINACEA WORKS IN THE BODY
Echinacea encourages white blood cells to swarm to areas of infection throughout the body. These cells are the first line of defense against infective agents such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. Echinacea also increases the production of many components of the immune system including T4 helper cells and interferon, a potential antiviral agent. It also increases the production of fibroblasts that form healing scar or connective tissue. Echinacea also inhibits the formation of hyaturonidase, which is an enzyme that melts scar tissue. Not only will Echinacea boost the immune system because of its effect as an immunotonic and an immunostimulant, but because of the ingredients "echinacin" and "echinacoside", it will also produce an antiviral, antifungal and antibiotic action to help fight off any foreign micro-organisms within the body.
When taken internally, Echinacea has been found to be effective for the following ailments:
Recommended Use: One to three capsules three times daily with water at mealtime or prepared as a tea.
Please consult your healthcare practitioner regarding treatment of specific health disorders.
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