ECHINACEA Echinacea root cut IPHYM Herb Echinacea purpurea
Common name: Echinacea
Botanical name: Echinacea angustifolia (L.) MOENCH.
Parts used: Roots
Habitat and origin: all species of coneflowers are native to North America. Three of them have the same medicinal value. Natural stands of Echinacea were mainly colonized the American Great Plains without crossing the Canadian border to the north, or reach the Mexican border in the south. Today, they are cultivated in all temperate climates, in sunny places where the soil is rich and well drained.
Properties of Echinacea
This plant is extensively studied and used for its antiviral and immune stimulating properties, proven through numerous clinical trials:
- It prevents microbial germs to attack the connective tissue and limits their growth;
- It stimulates the activity of macrophages (increased phagocytosis of granulocytes and macrophages by alcoholic root extracts);
- It increases the number of white blood cells and especially lymphocytes, increases the proliferation of spleen cells, the production of IgM, induces the formation of cytokines (TNF alpha, interleukin 1 and 6) and that of alpha interferon and beta.
Dosage of Echinacea
- Prophylaxis and therapy of influenza infections and septic infections
- Immuno-stimulating: acts both prevention (bacterial infections, influenza, herpes, cystitis, candidiasis, etc. ...) that potentiates the healing where it other therapeutic
Pour boiling water over 1/2 teaspoon of root and filter after 10 min. Drink several times per day, preferably between meals a brewing cup as hot as possible.
No side effects reported to date.
History of Echinacea
Native Americans who lived in the American Great Plains to the east of the Rockies have used various species of Echinacea to treat a variety of health problems, including respiratory infections and snakebites. During archaeological excavations at sites formerly used by the Lakota Sioux, it was discovered seed echinacea dating from the seventeenth century. The European settlers adopted the medicinal uses that Native Americans were echinacea and by 1800, both supporters of eclectic medicine (nineteenth century to the early twentieth century) than conventional physicians used the Echinacea in their clinical practice.
From 1916 to 1950, echinacea was listed as pharmaceutical ingredients National Formulary United States. Subsequently, the plant has fallen into disuse due to the arrival on the market of synthetic antibiotics we started to use heavily to treat infections once treated with echinacea. But the German doctors who discovered the plant in 1920, continue to use it in their clinical practice.
In 1938, the German physician Gerhard Madaus began the first series of scientific studies on echinacea. Ironically, it is Germany that will be the bulk of scientific research on this plant of American origin. She also became so popular that supplies from the United States ran out and Madaus decided to implement it in Europe by making it grow large scale.
In North America, interest in the plant is experiencing a resurgence since the discovery of the disturbing phenomenon of the development of resistance of microorganisms to antibiotics.
Botanical description of Echinacea
- The root is fusiform
- Whole leaves lanceolate
- Terminals large heads are made of tubular yellow flowers and purple together into a ball, and drooping ray flowers, usually roses making it look like a daisy (it's a Made).
The advice of our pharmacist herbalist to extract active ingredients from plants:
How to make an infusion easily
For flowers, leaves, berries and seeds for essential oil.
- Pour 500 ml of boiling water (removed from the heat as soon as boiling) 1 tsp. Coffee (3-5 g) of medicinal plant (or mixture of plants), then cover.
- Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes for fresh plants, and 5 to 15 minutes to dry plants.
- Strain and drink the tea hot or not after adding a bit of honey or natural syrup.
Prepare your teas and herbal infusions with low mineral water. Water plays an important role as it conveys the properties of plants.
Drinks herbal generally act better on an empty stomach. Often, it is suggested to drink herbal teas and herbal teas in small sips throughout the day, but it is also possible to divide the daily dose of medicinal plants in 2 or 3 doses. Indications are that it simply takes the natural remedy if necessary.
ECHINACEA ROOT CUT IPHYM Herb Echinacea purpurea (L.)
Latin name: Echinacea purpurea (L.)
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