Echinacea Plant Supplements, Uses Research & Health Benefits

Echinacea - the Coneflower
    Echinacea is known by many as excellent remedy for respiratory infections. Also for wounds, the medicinal herb can provide excellent service and even for infections of the urinary tract, Echinacea is a helpful tool.

    In addition, cancer patients can benefit from the important ingredients of the Echinacea because it strengthens the immune system. I would like to explain here in detail the great healing powers of echinacea

Origin and history of echinacea
    Echinacea, also Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower called pallida, is originally from the United States and Canada. Here it grows the hat not only in the vastness of the Prairie, but also in sparse forests. The Indians also long detected the value of Echinacea and used it as a panacea and for wound healing and for toothache, colds and snake bites.

    But also for headaches and stomach discomfort, the hat was an important means. Echinacea belongs to the family of Asteraceae (Asteraceae) and is in Europe. In different home gardens, it's often used as ornamental flower. There are different types, of which however only three substance used.

    This would be hat of purple (Echinacea purpurea), Rosebay Purple Coneflower (echinacea angustifolia) and the pale Purple Coneflower (echinacea pallida). All three plants are perennial and have over a taproot that is vertically embedded in the ground, as well as many secondary roots.

    The flowers, which emerge in late summer, grow the leaves like a sort of basket and form a wreath. They are dark red to Brown and hang down, while the cone- shaped basket is reminiscent of a hedgehog's head, what the scientific genus name the Purple Coneflower (echinos - Hedgehog).

    The flowers of purple Echinacea, however, are purple and the flowers of the Fireweed and the pale echinacea blossom is pink. The petals are about two to four centimeters long, while the petals of pale echinacea can even be four to nine centimetres long.

    The hat feels very well especially in sunny and warm locations. Because fast is the Coneflower under competitive pressure and not properly flourish. The main flowering months are June and July ( it may not be the same, depending on the latitude you're), and then they are afflicted by numerous butterflies and bees.

    A German emigrants made a miracle cure in the 19th century from the Purple Coneflower and called it "Meyer's blood purifier". However, until the beginning of the 20th century, the Sun hat in Germany through the Homeopathy was interesting.

    Quickly after that, there was a supply, bottleneck and seeds from North America had to be ordered to plant the Black-Eyed Susan. Due to an error, echinacea was supplied instead of the Fireweed of Purple Coneflower and this is how the medicine was introduced.

Harvesting and production of echinacea
    It is not yet time for the harvest of echinacea if at least a Tube flower Garland on the main inflorescences is open. While the pale Purple Coneflower is mostly harvested in July, the harvest of the purple echinacea is usually in October. The harvest is usually hand-made, and machinesmare used.

    While the Herb should be used fresh, so that it does not lose its ingredients. This is not possible, it must be chopped and gently be air-dried for about 40 to 45 ° C. The roots of echinacea will not be until late autumn, when the leaves removed are harvested.

    There are only small quantities harvested when done by hand while large amounts are harvested using Machine. After that, they are in pieces with a size of approximately 5-10 cm air-dried parts, washed and also gentle for up to 45 ° C.

    Once the roots easily break themselves, dry for 20 to 40 hours and the drying process is complete. Before echinacea can be processed, an identity check and review are required first. These are laid down in the European Pharmacopoeia (PhEur), in which also the materials which may be used as a tool for the manufacture.

    This determined the content of coffee acid derivatives, glycine Betaine as well  as Polysaccharides and many more. After the test is successfully completed, the extracts are produced from root and herb.

    Ethanol (50 percent) is used in particular for tinctures. Ethanol (30 percent) or methanol (30 percent) are used in finished product. This solvent is contained in tablets, capsules or juices and injections.

Ingredients of echinacea
    The ingredients/nutritional contents of echinacea are present both in the herb and the roots. However, they differ. A herb and root and the other varieties. In the herbal echinacea, the following active ingredients can be found:

  • Alkamide
  • Flavonoids, in particular Cichorienic acid
  • Polysaccharides (sugar compounds)

    These agents in combination are responsible for the stimulation of the immune system and have anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, they promote wound healing under the skin.

    In Echinacea root, however, it contained the following active ingredients
  • Alkamide
  • Chichoric acid
  • Glycoproteins
  • Polyacetylene
  • Polysaccharides
    These work excellently in combination and can be used against viruses and bacteria. It has a very good effect especially on the combination between Chichoric acid and polyacetylene. The active ingredients of glycoproteins and polysaccharides, however, are significantly involved in improving the immune system.

    In addition, the Alkamide are anti-inflammatory and can inhibit as it has been proven in studies that, substances in the body, which are considered to be the trigger for inflammation.

Studies on echinacea
    Echinacea has been researched for many years. This, the scientists found not only the ingredients of Sunshades but that which is good for the Immune system, promotes wound healing and even help several health complaints like Colds, asthma, and many others.

    Still, it was found that the herb of the Purple Coneflower is has very good effect on herpes simplex viruses and cancer patients can also benefit from its nutritional contents to strengthen the immune system.

    Also, following studies were conducted, which are not entirely unattractive:
This study, which has dealt so with the effects of Echinacea purpurea  on diseases of the upper respiratory system dating back to the year 2014. It could be found that the Purple Coneflower has an anti-inflammatory effect and as in the case of asthma, it can be used in allergic diseases of the respiratory tract.

    Also, to prevent in respiratory infections, Echinacea is nearly ideal. In a study from Switzerland, by the year 2015, it has been proven that the hat can lower the risk of respiratory infections, as it has ntiviral and anti-inflammatory effect.

    In another study which was conducted in Taiwan in 2012, the researchers could determine that Echinacea has tumor-inhibitory effect on colon cancer. However, more studies need to be conducted to authenticate the effect of cell growth in tumors.

    Even studies about the echinacea effect in domestic animals have been conducted and this came out, that the hat could significantly improve the blood values. Also noticeable immune-stimulating activities were found. But here too, further studies must also confirm this.

Application of echinacea
    The hat can be used excellently for many disorders, particularly for colds. In doing so, globules, tinctures, or even tea can bring relief. Echinacea can be used for the following health complaints:

  • Inflammation of the mammary glands
  • Colds, flu, respiratory tract infections
  • Cough
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Fever and chills
  • Skin rashes or eczema
  • Insect bites or snake bites
  • Autumn depression
  • Fatigue
  • compromised immune systems

    Echinacea is used not only for colds or flu-like infections. Purple coneflower is a helpful tool for purulent skin disease or inflammation. During pregnancy, Echinacea can be taken to relieve cold symptoms. There are still no studies yet.

    Sickly children or infants who time and again have infections, can also benefit from this herb. This was however still not scientifically proven.

Dosage of echinacea
    The echinacea homeopathy is popular with many parents. Because, while the parents use tea or even drops the Sun Hat, these are not popular among children. But to relieve the symptoms and get rid of the infection quickly, echinacea
globules are excellent.

    To curb an initial infection, up to five echinacea D2 or D4 globules is to be taken daily. For Children, however, D30 should be given once a day. Echinacea globules should be taken on an empty stomach. It is also useful after about 30 minutes to eat or drink.

    At an initial aggravation, after the first dose, the globules should be discontinued. Echinacea juices, Echinacea drops, ointments, tablets such as fresh vegetable juice also can be ingested or drunk. This should be taken naturally on the package leaflet.

    For herpes, simplex care with echinacea have proven itself. At the first signs, preparations with echinacea should be taken to give quick and effective assistance to the body.

Side effects of echinacea
    In some cases, skin reactions were observed when taking low potencies to D12. These were in the form of itching and rash. Especially if the hat about infusions were administered, fever and chills, and nausea and vomiting could be observed. For
this reason, infusions are administered only rarely.

    Still should people who have an allergy to Asteraceae plants abandon echinacea or avoid powers under D12? As well, patients with multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, leukemia, tuberculosis, or collagen vascular diseases with the dilution or mother tincture should be treated with D2.

    In addition, the metabolism in diabetic patients can deteriorate. Patients who are undergoing chemotherapy should also consult their physician before taking echinacea.

Buying echinacea
    Echinacea comes in many different forms, with a homeopathic products in preference. In particular globules, tinctures or drops are very popular and are gladly taken or used for the skin. However, care must be taken when purchasing echinacea to ensure you get quality substance.

    Many online stores offer the Coneflower extract. But Echinacea is available in pharmacies and drug stores. Here you get the wide range of dosage forms with echinacea extract. In addition to ointments and creams, pills or juices are also available. The product you prefer at the end, is of course depends in what you want.

    Echinacea tincture can be prepared by yourself. Once the tincture is ready, 10 to 50 drops can be taken daily. While care should be taken however, that the dose should be made not more than six weeks. After that, it is important to take a break.

To produce the echinacea tincture yourself
1. the herb and the stems are collected between July and September from the flowering plant. Care must be taken that the plant is at least two years old, so that it is full of active ingredients. In addition, only the healthy and green parts of plants are collected.

2. the daisies from the flower heads are also slowly plucked off and then the receptacle is harvested first.
3. now all plant parts are placed in a glass jar with screw cap.

4. on the part of the plant, there is now so much alcohol (at least 50 percent alcohol) poured until all parts are well covered. This is important to prevent the formation of mold.

5. the glass tightly and put in a warm place in the half-shade. The glass needs to be shaken once a day in order to prevent the escape of ingredients from the plant parts.

6. After about four weeks, the tincture can then be left through a filter paper. The tincture must be filled in a brown glass bottle, so that it is protected from light. Write the date and content on the bottle and keep in a cool and dark place.

    Echinacea is just perfect - even for children, to relieve colds or to reduce inflammation. Its Ointments help in promoting wound healing  even if its an insect bite. Echinacea extract is very helpful even on cold sores and can also fight against Herpes simplex viruses.

    Not only a family with children benefited from the excellent properties of echinacea, so also pregnant women. Echinacea should not be missing in any pharmacy and home.