Echinacea Angustifolia Root
Veterinarian Reviewed on June 8, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Echinacea Angustifolia Root
Echinacea Angustifolia is an herbaceous perennial and almost all its parts are of medicinal value. But most importantly, it is the root of the Echinacea Angustifolia that has most of the beneficial medicinal properties. It can be easily found in the rocky mountains of North America and the mid western states. The Echinacea Angustifolia grows up to a height of twelve to twenty eight inches. It produces linear lanceolate leaves; its flowers are like cone shaped disks that are pink and purple in color. The plant usually has one or more stems. The taproot that produces seeds is harvested three to four times a year.
Origin of Echinacea Angustifolia Root
The Echinacea Angustifolia is a very important herb itself that has many medicinal values and effects. For centuries it has been touted as being an excellent immune system stimulator along with also having anti inflammatory properties. This is why Echinacea Angustifolia is also known as the ‘immune herb’. It can also fight viruses and also acts as a mild antiseptic.
Ancient Uses of the Echinacea Angustifolia Root
Echinacea Angustifolia has been known to have many benefits and has been used for multiple medicinal purposes throughout the years. Some of its properties are antibacterial, anti putrefactive, anti inflammatory, antiviral, deodorant, diaphoretic, and aromatic and stimulating. This has been in human use for a very long time. It is a very good immune system stimulator as well and this is why the herb has been used to cure insect bites and stings as its application makes the area of the bite or sting numb and relieves it from pain. It even disinfects the area as well. In addition, Echinacea Angustifolia has also been used as an excellent remedy for tonsillitis, painful gums, sinusitis, lungs and digestive tract disorder. Its application also helps to fight off boils, septicemia, syphilis and many other blood impurities due to its antiseptic properties.
Modern Uses of Echinacea Angustifolia Root
Echinacea Angustifolia has evolved as an excellent multipurpose, naturally occurring antibody and is being used to cure many diseases. There are many scientific studies that have been done, and still others that are still being done, that have reported on the wide uses of this root. Echinacea Angustifolia root is well known to stimulate and strengthen the immune system. It is also used in today’s modern world as an excellent antibiotic and antiseptic, besides also fighting off inflammation and blood impurities. In addition Echinacea Angustifolia is quite useful for treating arthritis and rheumatism, staving off Colds, pneumonia and flu like symptoms and strengthens the body by strengthening its cells. It is an excellent remedy for different kinds of blood conditions and as well as a septic. Commonly used for tumors, cancers and abscesses and also for severe prostate conditions. Echinacea Angustifolia is also helpful for curing urinary tract infections.
Side Effects of Echinacea Angustifolia Root
Echinacea Angustifolia is known to have many benefits however under some conditions it is advisable not to use it. If you are allergic to some other plant from the same family, such as the ragweed plant then there are chances for you to develop some adverse reactions while using Echinacea Angustifolia root. Other such conditions could be asthma and atopic allergies which might cause you to have an allergic reaction while using Echinacea Angustifolia root. Other affects could be autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Hence the best way to find out if it is useful for you is to consult with your herbalist or naturopathic doctor before using it.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan