Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Echinacea – Monograph

Common Name – Coneflower

Botanical Name – Echinacea

Parts Used – Roots and Leaves

Active constituents – Alkylamides (Echinacein), polysaccharides, glycosides, volatile oil.

So what is Echinacea good for?

Therapeutic Properties – Immune stimulator, anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, alterative (helps to cleans the body of waist) and heals wounds.

Echinacea can be taken in all cases of sickness where there is a pathogen, in order to help strengthen the immune system.

Echinacea can be used topically to help treat wounds and inflammation.


Tincture – 30 drops three times a day.

Note – Echinacea should be taken for treatment only and not for prevention.

Contraindications – one should be carful when treating autoimmune problems because of Echinacea`s ability to strengthen the immune system.

Research studies on the effectiveness of Echinacea.

Echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold.


Echinacea root extracts for the prevention of upper respiratory tract infections: a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial.


In vitro effects of echinacea and ginseng on natural killer and antibody-dependent cell cytotoxicity in healthy subjects and chronic fatigue syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients.



Macrophage activation and induction of macrophage cytotoxicity by purified polysaccharide fractions from the plant Echinacea purpurea.




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