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Echinacea has tall stems, bears single pink or purple flowers and has a central cone that is usually purplish-brown in color.
Despite concerns that echinacea may be unsafe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, evidence suggests that the use of echinacea during pregnancy does not increase the risk of birth defects or other pregnancy-related health problems.
Echinacea: recommendations for its use in prophylaxis and treatment of upper respiratory tract infections.
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 Echinacea (Echinacea) drug description - prescription drugs and medications at RxList
Echinacea is a hardy perennial plant that grows 1-2 feet tall and has a spiny appearance from which it derived its name (echinos being Greek for sea urchin or hedgehog).
Since Echinacea purpurea is the easiest species to grow commercially, it may become the most utilized in the United States, as is the case in Europe.
Echinacea contains echinacein which seems to counteract against the enzyme hyaluronidase that microbes produce to penetrate tissues and cause infection.
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 Echinacea Three Medicinal Species
Echinacea is in the family Asteraceae, all menbers of the family Asteraceae are native to eastern North America.
Echinacea can still be found growing as a wildflower mostly in the prairies, the midwest states, and as far south as Texas.
Echinacea is also a blood cleanser, it helps to move dead cells and other debris through the channels of the lymphatic system.
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Echinacea purpurea extracts are widely used in prophylaxis and therapy of various infections, mainly the respiratory tract, in animals and humans.
Echinacea is considered of value as a nonspecific immune stimulant, and claims of its efficacy have been tentatively supported by both laboratory and clinical studies.
Consequently, alkylamides in Echinacea angustifolia were extracted using supercritical carbon dioxide from fresh and dried roots at 45-60 degrees C and 34-55 MPa, and the alkylamide yield in the extracts was determined.
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Today, echinacea is primarily used to reduce the symptoms and duration of the common cold and flu and to alleviate the symptoms associated with them, such as sore throat (pharyngitis), cough, and fever.
Despite concerns that echinacea may be unsafe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, new evidence suggests that the use of echinacea during pregnancy does not increase the risk of birth defects or other pregnancy-related health problems.
Echinacea may be useful in combination with econazole, an antifungal agent used to treat yeast infections (such as athlete's foot).
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 HRF Greenpapers: Echinacea
Echinacea, the purple coneflower, is the best known and researched herb for stimulating the immune system.
Echinacea should not be used in progressive systemic and auto-immune disorders such as tuberculosis, leicosis, connective tissue disorders, collagenosis and related diseases such as lupus, according to the German Kommission E.
Echinacea is available commercially in a number of forms - dried root or herb, liquid extract, powder, capsules and tablets, and creams and gels.
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Echinacea angustifolia and E. pallida come from the fresh or dried roots, and E. purpurea is derived from the fresh or dried above the ground parts harvested at blooming.
There have also been some studies that conclude that echinacea doesn’t actually work, but as data is increasing and more studies are being conducted, the trend is heading toward showing that echinacea does have a positive influence on the immune system.
Echinacea should only be used for a maximum of 8 consecutive weeks and then wait a month before starting again.
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Echinacea works best to prevent colds or flu due to its ability to stimulate the immune system, however, if taken at the onset of illness it can lessen the length and severity of the symptoms.
Echinacea was used traditionally by many Native American tribes to treat snakebite and many other ailments, including fevers and infections; to help heal wounds and poisonous bites and stings; and settlers learned of its properties from them.
Used both internally and externally, echinacea is used to prevent and treat cold and flu season illnesses, such as ear infections; sore throats; sinusitis and coughs.
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The name Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos, which means hedgehog or sea urchin, referring to the prickly scales of the dried seed head on the plant.
The roots of Echinacea plants are most commonly used for their proposed curative properties, although, depending on the species, the leaves and flowers may be ground up and used in supplements as well.
Echinacea is rich in polysaccharides and phytosterols, which are believed to simulate the actions of the alternative complement pathway, which causes immune cells to search out bacteria.
www.cdfin.iastate.edu /botanical/echinacea.htm   (415 words)

 Herbal Information Center-Echinacea - Herbs
Resembling a fl-eyed Susan, echinacea or purple coneflower is a North American perennial that is indigenous to the central plains where it grows on road banks, prairies, fields and in dry, open woods.
Echinacea is considered an effective therapeutic agent in many infectious conditions including upper respiratory infections, the common cold and sinusitis.
Echinacea's antibacterial properties can stimulate wound healing and are of benefit to skin conditions such as burns, insect bites, ulcers, psoriasis, acne and eczema.
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Echinacea purpurea root for strengthening the immune response in flu-like infections.
Abstract: Extracts of Echinacea purpurea and Panax ginseng were evaluated for their capacity to stimulate cellular immune function by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from normal individuals and patients with either the chronic fatigue syndrome or the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
The chemotactic migration of granulocytes in the Boyden Chamber was increased by 45% with an Echinacea purpurea extract.
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Externally, echinacea preparations indirectly have an anti-infective action by inhibiting hyaluronidase (an enzyme involved in the infection process by altering hyaluronic acid which has a cellular protective effect), stimulating new tissue production by increasing fibroblasts, and stimulating both blood and tissue-produced phagocytosis (scavenging of particles by specialized cells) (Hobbs, 1989; 1993).
While hundreds of studies have been published on echinacea and it's medicinal value, further studies are still needed to develop standards of identity; correct form, amount, and timing of dosage; and differences in various preparations of echinacea (Bauer & Wagner, 1988).
To date, pharmacological investigations have proven that echinacea extracts do have a positive influence on the immune system, and we are now beginning to better understand how echinacea can be used with optimum benefit for the prevention and treatment of minor ailments.
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Echinacea is one of the most frequently sold herbs in the United States.
Echinacea is available in capsules containing a powder of the dried plant or root, and also as a tincture (an alcohol-based preparation).
Echinacea is generally not recommended for use by people with diseases of the immune system such as HIV, multiple sclerosis, or tuberculosis.
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Echinacea is thought to support the immune system by activating white blood cells.
At the onset of a cold or flu, 3–4 ml of echinacea in a liquid preparation or 300 mg of a powdered form in capsule or tablet, can be taken every two hours for the first day of illness, then three times per day for a total of 7 to 10 days.
In the first study to look at echinacea’s possible effect on fetal development and pregnancy outcome, women taking echinacea during pregnancy were found to have no greater incidence of miscarriage or birth defects than women not taking the herb.
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 Echinacea purpurea, angustifolia and pallida
Echinacea, one of the most common herbs used to treat symptoms of the "common cold" or upper respiratory tract allergies, has no common drug interactions but there is a risk of hepatotoxicity, exacerbation of allergies and asthma, and anaphylactic reactions.
Echinacea is often used to treat infections, especially the common cold due to its able to stimulate the immune system, but study results indicate that it weakens the immune system?s ability to control HIV.[Article in English, French].
Regular intake of Echinacea in mice was found be beneficial/ prophylactic, because it maintains in an elevated state, NK cells, prime elements in immunosurveillance against spontaneous-developing tumors, a phenomenon which increases in frequency with progressive aging.
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 Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida) [NCCAM Herbs at a Glance]
Echinacea is believed to stimulate the immune system to help fight infections.
NCCAM is continuing to support the study of echinacea for the treatment of upper respiratory infections.
Efficacy and safety of echinacea in treating upper respiratory tract infections in children: a randomized controlled trial.
nccam.nih.gov /health/echinacea   (564 words)

 Echinacea Supplements at NutritionDiscounters.com
Echinacea w/Vitamin C - 100 caps by Nature's Herbs
Echinacea, Purpurea Root - 100 caps by Nature's Herbs
Echinacea, Angustifolia Root - 100 caps by Nature's Herbs
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