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Echinacea & GoldensealScientific Name: Echinacea angustifolia/Echinacea pallida/Echinacea purpurea
Echinacea angustifolia/Echinacea pallida/Echinacea purpurea
Echinacea & Goldenseal InformationOne of the most popular herbs in America today is the Native American medicinal plant known as echinacea. Echinacea is primarily used to reduce the symptoms and duration of the common cold and flu and to alleviate the symptoms associated with them, such as sore throat (pharyngitis), cough, and fever. Many herbalists also recommend echinacea to help boost the activity of the immune system and to help the body fight infections.
Echinacea is known to contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects. For this reason, professional herbalists also recommend echinacea to treat urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast (candida) infections, ear infections (also known as otitits media), athlete's foot, sinusitis, hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis), as well as slow-healing wounds.
Echinacea & Goldenseal Benefits
- Echinacea (when taken at the first sign of a cold for 8 to 10 days) reduces cold symptoms or shortens their duration
- Enhances the activity of the immune system
- Relieve pain and helps reduce inflammation
- Has hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects
Echinacea & Goldenseal Nutrient ContentMany chemicals contained in echinacea play a role in its therapeutic effects. These include polysaccharides, glycoproteins, alkamides, volatile oils, and flavonoids. The chemicals contained in the root differ considerably from the upper part of the plant. For example, the roots have high concentrations of volatile oils (odorous compounds) while the above-ground parts of the plant tend to contain more polysaccharides (substances known to trigger the activity of the immune system). The beneficial effects of echinacea appear to be due to the combination of these active substances. In Germany (where herbs are regulated by the government), the above-ground parts of Echinacea are approved to treat colds, upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, and slow-healing wounds. The root of the plant is also approved for the treatment of flu-like infections.
Echinacea & Goldenseal NotesSafe when used appropriately (as instructed by the product label) and with the guidance of a healthcare professional. In Germany, use of echinacea is restricted to no longer than eight weeks at a time. This is because after eight consecutive weeks, echinacea losses its effectiveness and may even diminish immune function. Regular users of this herb, need "break" periods – namely, periods of time that they are not taking echinacea in order for it to maintain its ability to enhance immune function and fight infection.
Despite concerns that echinacea may be unsafe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, new evidence suggests that the use of echinacea during pregnancy does not increase the risk of birth defects or other pregnancy-related health problems.
Available as a formulation with Goldenseal Root - helps to strengthen the immune system.
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