Echinacea, the Amazing Immune Enhancing Herb

Echinacea, the Amazing Immune Enhancing Herb

The root is harvested in Autumn after the second year of growth.

Alterative (depurative), anti-microbial, immune modulating, anti-inflammatory, lymphatic, vulnerary, sialagogue

·     The active constituent of Echinacea preparations are the alkylamides, which cause a strong tingling sensation on the tongue, and stimulate production of saliva
·     Treatment and prevention of infections of all kind, especially upper respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, colds and influenza (flu)
·     Treatment of bacterial, viral and protozoal infections of the digestive, respiratory and urinary tracts, as well as STIs
·     Use for septicaemia, cystitis, nasopharyngeal catarrh, respiratory catarrh, chronic bronchitis
·     Use internally and externally in the treatment of inflammatory and purulent (bacterial) skin conditions including acne, boils (furunculosis), and abscesses.
·     Use in chronic infective patterns, especially in children (e.g. tonsillitis)
·     Enhancing immune response in healthy individuals. Can be taken preventatively by teachers, early childhood workers, medical practitioners, and anyone exposed to infection.
·     Envenomation (snakebites, spider bites)
·     For states of weakened immunity including those undergoing chemotherapy
·     For states of weakened or imbalanced immunity including allergies, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and post viral syndromes
·     For recurrent candidiasis
·     Use externally to promote healing especially of old or poorly healing wounds and ulcers, inflamed skin conditions including eczema, and bacterial infections

20 – 100 ml per week of 1:2 liquid extract
Take 5 – 10 ml immediately if you feel symptoms of infection, and up to 30 ml per day in divided doses during acute infection

Associated Herbs
·     With sage or myrrh for chronic infections of the mouth and throat
·     With milk thistle and Astragalus for chronic hepatitis and tiredness following glandular fever
·     With Calendula or burdock for boils, skin and pelvic infections
·     With garlic for persistent colds and minor infections
·     With Thuja and Baptisia for sinusitis (K Bone)

Cautions and Contraindications
·     Caution is advised for organ transplant patients taking immunosuppressive drugs
·     Allergic responses are unlikely using root extracts


Helen is a registered medical herbalist and naturopath with 15 years clinical and teaching experience. She aims to help her clients to create vibrant health through improved nutrition and better lifestyle practices, and uses herbal medicines to support healing processes. Her philosophy on health is to keep it simple and find easy ways to fit 'being healthy' into your life.

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