Echinacea. Properties. Medicinal Plants

Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia)
Echinacea was a plant well known for indigenous Indians of North America. It was used to treat snake bites and wounds. The root, harvested in the spring after 4 years of cultivation contains many active highlighting their immunostimulatory properties.

Echinacea Properties

* It is a specific immune opposing pathogenic microbes and improve the immune defense. It contains polysaccharides, which protect cells from viruses; Alkamides antibacterial and antifungal, and other princes with inflammatory elements.
* Increases the number of white blood cells (WBC) and favors the synthesis of a molecule essential to the process of immunity, interferon.
* Prophylaxis and treatment of influenza and respiratory: common cold and other respiratory tract infections: pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, fever, rhinitis, and so on. Take between 1 and 3 months after the start of winter and preventing recurrent infections.
* Also for urinary and gastrointestinal infections.
* The tincture is used in the form of mouthwashes on dental abscesses and baths, ointments or pads on burns, festering wounds, boils, acne, skin inflammation or ulceration.


Echinacea Contraindications
- Take precautions in pregnancy and lactation
- No PLS USE dosage forms containing alcohol to children under two years or people with ethyl.

Echinacea Side Effects

Can cause increased salivation (drooling).

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3
- Not recommended for parenteral use echinacea extracts to be able to produce allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting, etc..
- Do not use parenteral use in pregnant women, people with allergies to plants of the cross-family Asteraceae (composite), or diabetic (may cause a worsening of metabolic status).
- As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.

(0 = none, 1 = somewhat toxic, 2 = toxic, 3 = very toxic)

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