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Information on Echinacea including the benefits and uses of using Echinacea. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Echinacea as part of a holistic approach to health.
   
Echinacea
 
Botanical name

Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea pallida

 
 
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Traditionally used for infections and wounds, Echinacea has become a favourite herb of choice where immune support is required. Over 500 scientific studies have documented the chemistry, pharmacology, and clinical applications of Echinacea. Echincaea has healing, anti-microbial, antiinflammatory and nonspecific, immune-stimulant activity, primarily through the stimulation of fibroblasts (cells involved in tissue repair) and activation of phagocytosis (the process of bacterial scavenging by special white blood cells).

 
 
Conditions commonly used for
  • Respiratory tract infections especially colds and flu, sinusitis, tonsillitis
  • Sore throats, swollen lymph nodes
  • Cold sores, herpes, Candida infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Chronic infection or illness associated with reduced immune function
  • Topically for wounds, abrasions, skin infections, mouth ulcers, eczema, acne and psoriasis
 
 
Common dosage range

1 to 2 g dried root one to three times/day.
Topically may be applied as a cream, ointment or tincture to wounds as needed

 
 
Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Echinacea has an excellent safety record and is very well tolerated by most people. There is no known toxicity.
  • Echinacea is a member of the daisy family and as such may cause rare allergic reactions including skin rashes and anaphylactic shock.
  • Use of Echinacea during pregnancy should only be done under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
  • Generally not recommended for use in progressive systemic and autoimmune diseases (eg. tuberculosis, connective tissue disorders, collagenosis and related diseases such as lupus) or during immunosuppressant therapy. Its use in AIDS or opportunistic infections in AIDS patients is controversial.
 
 
Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner or click on the following links for more information.

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this herb, any conditions or therapies mentioned.

A Medical Practitioner specialising in Integrative Medicine, a qualified Nutritionist or Naturopath will be well trained in the use of nutrients, including their proper dosage, contraindications and potential drug interactions. Although many herbal remedies are available over the counter, self-prescribing is not recommended except for minor ailments, and best results will be obtained by seeking the advice of a qualified herbal medicine practitioner. Any plant substance, even those that are used as foods, can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

 
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