Boosting Your Immunity With Echinacea
The benefits of Echinacea extraction are found in the roots of the plant. The natives of America used Echinacea for the treatment of a great variety of health problems. Also known as Echinacea Purpurea, this herb is famous for its historic reputation of potentially helping the body fight off colds and infections, and to help stimulate the immune system.
Researchers in Germany came to the conclusion that Echinacea extraction could be beneficial in helping the body’s immune defence against colds, flu, bronchitis, ear infections, yeast infections, urinary tract infections and possibly even arthritis inflammation. However, no medical claims are made regarding these or other possible uses.
Echinacea contains the active ingredient echinacoside, which is thought to act as a kind of natural antibiotic alternative. This may help explain the many purported health benefits of Echinacea.
When wonderful antibiotics became more popular, Echinacea was used less often in the US, but still remained in wide use in European countries.Today, the renewed interest in herbal remedies and health supplements has brought Echinacea back into the spotlight. People suffering from common cold or flu are usually advised about the potential immunity benefits of Echinacea.
Echinacea does not cure any disease and is not a substitute for antibiotic medicines or a doctor’s care. However, if you have a cold you might want to do what many other people do, which is to try this herbal remedy and see if it might help support your body’s immune system in its effort to fight off the proverbial ‘flu bug’.
Echinacea extraction is also used as a preventative to support a healthy immune system. It is often taken in an effort to prevent catching the cold or flu from other people who are sick at home, at work or when traveling in the enclosed space of an airplane.
There are no reported Echinacea side effects, adverse reactions or toxicity reports in medical literature. Some herbalists suggest that its effectiveness may be lessened when taken in large doses every day.
There are no published warnings of risks of taking Echinacea when used with common sense and following label directions. But as always, consult your health care professional before taking any supplements if you are on medication, pregnant or nursing.