ECHINACEA (Echinacea angustifolia) - was used by Native Americans for a variety of conditions, including venomous bites and other external wounds. It was introduced into U.S. medical practice in 1887 and was touted for use in conditions ranging from colds to syphilis. Modern research started in the 1930s in Germany.
Echinacea is probably the most popular American immune-enhancing herb available today. It is well known for its strong antibiotic-like effects and is very useful for a variety of ailments including fevers, boils, wounds, tonsillitis, respiratory infections, eczema etc.
Echinacea kills abroad range of viruses, bacteria and fungi. Echinacoside, a natural antibiotic-like alkaloid, enable alkaloid which improves the body’s own resistance to infectious conditions. It can also strengthen tissues against bacterial and viral assault.
Echinacea is rich in polysaccharide and phytosterol, which have potent non-specific stimulatory actions on the immune system. It helps to speed up wound healing, to reduce inflammations, and to treat colds, flu and infections. Many of the active components of Echinacea have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.