Echinacea Immune Enhancing Herb

Echinacea Immune Enhancing Herb

Echinacea is a popular American wildflower native to central United States. It is also used as a garden plant.

Native Americans used echinacea immune enhancing ability for generations. It is one of the most researched, immune enhancing herbs. Its extract is among America’s best-selling herb extracts.

There are 9 species of echinacea. Of the two most used species echinacea purpurea is the most commonly used. It is the most extensively studied. Echinacea angustifolia has a longer history of traditional use. Both are known to help in activating your body’s natural immune response.

Echinacea has the best effect on people who begin taking Echinacea Extract at the first sign of a cold or flu.  Goldenseal is often combined with echinacea in preparations to be used for colds. Goldenseal is said to also shorten the duration of colds and flu.

Echinacea can be found growing as a wildflower in the prairies, the Midwest states, and as far south as Texas. In many areas wild populations are under great stress. Herbalists who have been gathering herbs for many years say echinacea is getting harder to find.

Echinacea immune enhancing

It has been said that Native Americans used Echinacea to treat more conditions than any other remedy. It is an immune-stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and has wound healing properties.

Traditionally, Echinacea immune enhancing has been used by Native Americans to treat colds, coughs, sore throats, and snakebite.

The Eclectic medical doctors, from the first half of the last century praised Echinacea. They used it for its benefits with various chronic congestive conditions of the respiratory tract.

Today, modern science is beginning to support much of its established traditional use. It is now known that  extracts of Echinacea have the ability to increase antibody production. In addition, it helps with resistance to various infections.

With winter weather right around the corner for many of us, it may not be  a bad time to stock up on a supply of Echinacea. Get a head start and fend off those nasty sniffles and sneezes.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, prescribe for, treat, or cure disease, illness, or injury. Any interpretation other than that is willful misrepresentation of this information. For adverse health conditions, please consult with a qualified Health Practitioner.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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