Echinacea is a perennial plant with a purple cone-shaped seed head surrounded by vibrant pink flowers. It is also referred to as purple coneflower. The aerial, or above-ground portion of the plant, and the root are used medicinally. Latin names for the three main varieties are Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, and Echinacea pallida.
eChinaCea may help…
• Stimulate the immune system
• Treat yeast infection
• Reduce inflammation
• Reduce symptoms and duration of the
Consider eChinaCea if you…
• Have a cold, flu or other viral infection
• Have depressed immune function
• Have an acute inflammatory condition,
sCientifiC researCh shows…
Echinacea may exert a stabilizing effect on
white blood cell counts in patients undergoing
radiation for cancer therapy.
available formsEchinacea purpurea, Echinacea
, and Echinacea pallida are the most common
varieties but there is no consensus on which variety offers
superior benefits. Echinacea products are available in many
forms, including tinctures, dry or freeze-dried plant in
capsule form, and teas. Preparations using the whole plant
are believed to offer the best results.
Common adult dosage – 300 mg of standardized extract,
325-650 mg freeze-dried plant, 3-4 ml tincture, or 1-2
grams dried root (or as tea) three times per day during
periods of illness or infection.
native habitat – Echinacea is native to the rolling plains of
midwestern North America, though it adapts well to diverse
growing conditions.
• Echinacea was used extensively by Native Americans for everything from toothache and infection to rattlesnake bites.
• From a Chinese medical perspective, echinacea is thought to clear heat and benefit the blood, lymph, lungs, stomach, and liver.
• To maximize its effectiveness, it may be beneficial to take echinacea for no more than 10 consecutive days followed by a break.
• Certain drugs and conditions do not mix well with echinacea. Talk with your doctor first if you: – Have an autoimmune condition or progressive disease such as lupus, HIV, tuberculosis, or multiple sclerosis – Take any prescription or over-the-counter medications since some interactions have not yet been identified • People with allergies to plants of the daisy family (sunflower, chrysanthemum, ragweed) may have an allergic reaction to echinacea. Allergic reactions may include wheezing, skin rash, or diarrhea.
• In rare cases, echinacea may cause a reaction in those Copyright 2006 Elephant Pharmacy, Inc. This information is for educational purposes only. Consult a doctor or other healthcare professional to address any medical concern or if you are taking any prescription drugs. Always read product information before use. Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.



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