Benefits of Echinacea Purpurea
Echinacea should play an important role in people’s lives during wintertime, given the fact that it’s the season of the flu, and people are exposed everyday to one of these illnesses.
Use it correctly and you will have a natural treatment for the cold.
All cells are refreshed and ready to fight all kinds of diseases just by using Echinacea. If antibiotics attack the bacteria, Echinacea strengthens our immune cells, making them more resistant and more effective in attacks against viruses, bacteria and abnormal cells, such as cancer cells. Additionally, it activates T-cells, encourages the growth of new tissue so wounds will heal more rapidly, inflammation in arthritis and other skin conditions are diminished, the number of immune system cells rises and their activity boosts.
The most effective and proven characteristics of Echinacea Purpurea is the stimulation of phagocytosis, a process in which invading organisms are ‘swallowed’ by white blood cells and lymphocytes. Therefore, phagocytosis is increased by 20-40%.
By using Echinacea you can also trigger the production of interferon and other substances important for the immune system, such as “Tumor Necrosis Factor”, which helps the body fight against cancer. Usually, bacteria develop an enzyme called hyaluronidase whose purpose is to infect healthy cells. Echinacea inhibits this enzyme and according to studies from early 1950s it actually counteracts it, preventing infection spreading on wounds.
Nowadays, Echinacea is used more often for external treatment, but in the past it was also used internally to destroy viruses and bacteria. It is also a solution for yeast and for slowing down the growth of bacteria. Echinacea is considered to be a great treatment for wounds, since it stimulates growth of new tissue and prevents inflammation.
Herb Information/Side Effects for Echinacea purpurea
Latin Name: Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea pallida, Echinacea angustifolia