Echinacea| Herb Study |HEALTH

What is the herb Echinacea? What does it do? How does it work in your body? Below, you will find the answers to these questions.


Echinacea (echinacea engustifolia) is native to the plains of North America, from Mexico to Canada. The Native Americans use the root of Echinacea for relief from upper respiratory symptoms, sore throats and toothache, and the chewed flowers for snakebites. It was popularized by eclectic physicians of the 19th century and was one of the most common ways to support immune function in the United States until the 1950’s.

Enchinacea is an extensively studied herb, supported by many double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical trials. Results have been largely positive and show that Echinacea effectively:
•Promotes a rapid immune response to seasonal stressors. *
•Supports the respiratory system.*
•Encourages healthy drainage of the lymphatic system.*

Echinacea supports the immune system during times of stress by increasing:
•Numbers of white blood cells, such as natural killer cells and monocytes.*
•Activity of white blood cells such as phagocytes. *
•Activity of macrophages – immune cells that engulf and destroy foreign invaders in the body – by binding to receptors on their surfaces. *

-One of the most important and prolific botanicals we grow as a society.
-The echinacea plants requires regular feeding and cultivation in order to be prosperous.
-The echinacea plant produces isobutylamides – one of the most important active constituents in the roots, at the end of first growing season.

By: Thomas McGregor

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