What is Echinacea?

Echinacea is an herb that is most popular for use in warding off or treating the common cold or flu. Native Americans used the herb for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, such as snakebites and other wounds. In the late 1800s those in the U.S. medical field began to use echinacea to treat colds and even syphilis.

What are the Health Benefits of Echinacea?

Echinacea increases your body’s white blood cells, which in turn boosts the immune system. This increases the body’s ability to fight and resist illnesses. Echinacea is somewhat of a natural antibiotic and kills off viruses. There are those who believe that this herb can cure diseases, but studies show that while it does not cure diseases it can help the body resist them by making the immune system stronger. People who take echinacea tend to get sick less frequently, and when they do get sick the symptoms are milder.

Echinacea is also helpful when someone is suffering from upper respiratory infections, a sore throat and even bronchitis. It is also useful when vaginal, urinary or ear infections are present. Topical use of echinacea is also popular. Ointments containing echinacea are used to treat boils, eczema and psoriasis. The ointments are said to help in the healing of these skin conditions.

What is the Recommended Dosage?

The recommended dose of echinacea varies, but the typical dose, if taken in liquid form, is 3 mL every 3 to 4 hours for the first two days of illness. Always check with a healthcare professional before taking any type of health remedy.

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