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Echinacea, also called purple coneflower, is one of the most popular herbs worldwide.
Native Americans have used it for centuries to treat various ailments.
Today, it’s best known as an over-the-counter herbal remedy for the common cold or flu. However, it’s also used to treat pain, inflammation, migraines and other health issues.
This article reviews the benefits, uses, side effects and dosage of echinacea.
BENEFITS OF ECHINCEA
the echinacea flower is not only considered one of our best natural remedies for flu and cold, but it also attacks inflammation and bacteria and protects the skin. This colorful daisy-shaped bloom, used for over 4000 years in herbal medicine, could help you in ways you haven’t even considered. Here are five amazing echinacea benefits you need to know about right now:
Fights off colds
According to the University of Colorado Extension Service, “echinacea may decrease the length and severity of your next cold”, and who doesn’t want that? . However, it’s crucial to get the timing right – if you feel the sniffles coming on, you want to act now. Dr. Chris D’Adamo, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, advises, “It may help treat a cold but you have to get it at the very first sign. Once you’re full on in it with congestion and feeling terrible, it’s unlikely to do anything.” (The Cut)
Helps your immune system
How does echinacea help stave off that energy-draining bout of cold or flu? The University of Maryland School of Medicine says that parts of the echinacea plant contain polysaccharides, which stimulate the immune system. Unfortunately, because echinacea stimulates the immune system, the herb should not be used by people have autoimmune disorders. In fact, anyone thinking of adding echinacea to their regular routine should check their health professional first.
Echinacea doesn’t just do battle with viruses, it might also destroy bacteria. A medical study discovered that the herb appears to stop the bacteria that cause pneumonia and strep throat. This means that echinacea may not only prevent cases of cold and flu, it might block them from worsening into even more serious illnesses.
Protects the skin
Throughout thousands of years of traditional herbal medicine, echinacea has been used to protect the skin from abuse by the elements. Applied topically, the herb is known as a remedy for eczema and psoriasis. In fact, we use it as a key ingredient in Eminence Organics Echinacea Recovery Cream. Using echinacea carefully Echinacea reduces the visible signs of aging and soothes dry, irritated skin.
One reason why echinacea is so effective in protecting the skin is its apparent ability to reduce inflammation. This herbal ingredient cools down skin inflammation. If your skin is irritated by eczema, psoriasis or even a bug bite, a dose of echinacea eases the irritation. In the same way, general pain caused by inflammation – from headaches to sore throats – may be soothed by taking echinacea.
Today, people around the world use products that contain Echinacea to support the treatment of a range of illnesses, including:
- coughs and colds
- upper respiratory infections
- canker sores
- yeast infections
- ear infections
- some inflammatory conditions
Also, some people use Echinacea to help wounds heal.
However, most evidence for these uses is anecdotal. Few scientific findings support the use of Echinacea in any treatment.
People can find Echinacea:
- fresh or dried, sometimes in teas
- as a dietary supplement, in pills
- as a preparation to apply to the skin
- squeezed, as juice
- as an extract, in capsules
FOR HOMOEPATHY CONSULATANCY
DR.DALJIT SINGH GHATOURA