Echinacea root is a popular medicinal herb because it activates the bodys immune system, increasing the chance of fighting off almost any disease. It is very nontoxic. Clinical studies show that extracts improve white blood cell count and create other immune responses. Echinacin, found in Echinacea, stops bacteria from forming the hyaluronidase enzyme, which helps make cells more susceptible to infection. It is a mild natural antibiotic, 6 milligrams of one glycoside equals 1 unit of penicillin, that is effective against strep and staph infections. A study done with over 200 children found that the group who took echinacea, along with two other herbs, had fewer colds and, when they did get sick, had fewer days of fever. Similar results were observed in studies with upper respiratory tract infections and viral infections. It is obvious to researchers that echinacea contains a number of immune-stimulating constituents, although the mechanism is not fully understood. Some components are better extracted into water, others into alcohol. Small amounts taken a few times daily work better than larger doses. Echinacea is also more stimulating to immunity when taken in an onoff regime, say 2 weeks on, 1 week off. The same chemical (HA) that helps shield tissues against germs also lubricates the joints. Arthritis breaks down HA, but echinacea HA-protective action may have an anti-inflammatory effect, lending credence to the herbs traditional use in treating arthritis. German researchers have successfully treated rheumatoid arthritis with echinacea preparations. The herb is a helpful remedy for treating allergies, such as asthma.
anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, detoxifying, increases sweating, heals wounds, antiallergenic
Echinacea tincture can be added to juice three times a day and taken along with other herbal approaches for athlete's foot. It is also used to treat mastitis and nipple fissures in nursing women.
Solvent: The acid constituents in Echinacea are poorly water soluble and require a strong alcohol base to extract them into a tincture form, but the plant's polysaccharide constituents are easily extracted into water and largely destroyed by alcohol. That is why a 50% alcohol menstrum is an excellent extraction method allowing the acids to be dissolved in the alcohol half and the polysacchrides to be soluble in the half that's water.
Tincture of root: For chronic infections, take ½ tsp in water 3 times a day Decoction of root: To treat throat infections, gargle with 50 ml 3 times a day. Take 2-5 ml doses every 2-3 hours for influenza, chills, and urinary tract infections, during the first couple of days of acute symptoms. For more chronic conditions, use standard doses and combine with other suitable herbs such as buchu and couchgrass for kidney infections, or cleavers for glandular fever. May be used in 10 ml doses for food poisoning or snakebites.
Wash: Use the decoction or diluted tincture for infected wounds. Bathe the affected area frequently.
Powder: Use for infected skin conditions such as boils (combine with marshmallow) or weeping, infected eczema
Combinations: With yarrow or bearberry for stopping cystitis.
Echinacea Herb Cut - immunity builder, fights disease
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