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Echinacea, Echinacea angustifolia, E. purpurea
Parts used: Herb in flower.
Constituents: Volatile oil, Caffeic acid esters including echinacoside and cynarin, Isobutylamides, Polyacetylenes, Resin, Betaine. Vitamins: A, C, E. Minerals: Iron, iodine, copper, potassium, sulphur, Salicylate 29µg per mL.
Actions: Immunostimulant, Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, Diaphoretic, Alterative, Vulnerary mild, Anti-allergic.
Indications:
Stabilises red blood cells, Autoimmune diseases, All infections on all Systems, chronic fatigue syndrome.
Bites and stings of poisonous insects or snakes, blood/food poisoning.
Colds, Sinusitis, Bronchitis, Tonsillitis, whooping Cough, Nasopharyngeal catarrh, gingivitis, peritonitis, syphilis conditions, gangrenous conditions, tonsillitis, fever.
Prostate enlargement.
Peptic ulcers, Ovarian cysts, Cystitis, Urethritis.
Boils, Impetigo, Bites/stings, Eczema, Abscesses, Athlete`s foot, Herpes infections, Skin ulcers, Thrush, Psoriasis, Burns, Canker sores.
Hay fever, Allergic reactions.
Herbal extract: 10-50mL per week.
Surgical concerns: Allergic reactions, impairs immunosuppressive drugs because it boosts immunity, can cause immunosuppression when taken long-term, could impair wound healing.
Recommendations: Discontinue as far in advance as possible, especially for transplant patients or those with liver dysfunction.
Energetics: Warm, bitter, pungent. Dosha: PK- V+.
Meridians: lung, large intestine, stomach.
Caution: Good quality Echinacea can cause excessive salivation and discomfort if taken undiluted in large quantity.