Echinacea (purple coneflower) is a plant native to North America and was used as a herbal medicine by Native Americans. They used it to treat coughs, infections, sore throats, tooth aches and snake bites, as well as other ailments. Today Echinacea is the most widely used herbal supplement in North America.
HOW DOES ECHINACEA WORK?
Active compounds (alkylamides and polysaccharides) in Echinacea encourage white blood cells to surround and destroy bacteria and viruses. Contrary to some who believe that Echinacea can over stimulate the immune system and should be avoided by those with auto-immune conditions, it is actually an immune balancer. Thus it will raise immune activity in those with lowered immune function but also will lower immune function in cases when the immune system is over active (auto-immune conditions).
HOW CAN TAKING ECHINACEA HELP?
Antibiotics have side effects, often damaging the immune system by destroying good bacteria along with the bad. Antibiotic overuse leads to decreased effectiveness and antibiotic resistant superbugs. Echinacea is a viable alternative to antibiotics, with no side effects, for mild and common infections. These include candida yeast problems, sore throats, and ear, eye, lung, skin, sinus and urinary tract infections.
RECOMMENDED ADULT DOSE
Take 30 drops (1ml) 3 to 6 times daily, depending on severity of condition. Take between meals either directly under the tongue or diluted in liquid. For sore throats it is more effective to take undiluted. Consult with a health practitioner if you are taking medications or if you are pregnant or nursing.