Veterinarian Reviewed on June 8, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Echinacea Purpurea Flowers
Echinacea Purpurea has emerged as one of the most popularly used medicinal herbs. Most importantly, it has shown incredible results for fighting and treating certain types of infections. Commonly found in the United States the plant is hardy with tall pink flowers. Echinacea Purpurea comes from the Aster family and is a naturally occurring plant. Echinacea Purpurea is commonly known as coneflower, eastern purple coneflower and snakeroot. Due to its multiple medicinal properties it has gained a lot of importance and is considered endangered in some of the states.
History of the Echinacea Purpurea Flower
Echinacea Purpurea is a very popular plant throughout eastern North America. It has been in use for medicinal purposes for a long time but has gained in importance in recent years. It was the natives and early immigrants to North America who came to know about the usefulness of this hardy plant. In earlier times Echinacea Purpurea was the perfect alternative for standard allopathic medicines and was also used to cure a wide variety of ailments. Some of its main benefits that were discovered long ago are its capacity to stimulate white blood cells, stimulating the lymphatic system and helping to fight Colds and flu.
Ancient Uses of Echinacea Purpurea Flowers
Echinacea Purpurea has been in use by humans from a long time but very little was known about its other benefits and uses. Commonly used for fighting colds and flu, not many of the properties of Echinacea Purpurea were known to the Native Americans. Some other ancient uses of Echinacea Purpurea were to cure sour throat, cough and inflammations, tooth and gum pains as well as to treat wound and infections. Due to lack of technology it was only the external benefit that was visible to its users and hence it was used to treat only the symptoms of diseases that appeared and could be recognized easily.
Modern Uses of Echinacea Purpurea Flowers
Echinacea Purpurea has gained in popularity in recent years due to its numerous medicinal values. With enhancements in technology and research, Echinacea Purpurea has shown tremendous effects for boosting a person’s immune system naturally. It enhances the functionalities of the white blood cells and is very effective in treating chronic fatigue syndrome. The body can easily recover from infections and this is why it has found its place in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Some of the new discoveries of the beneficial effects of Echinacea Purpurea are stifling allergic reactions, fighting off colds and the flu, acting as an antiviral, killing off fever blisters, treating the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, helping with asthma and speeding up the overall healing process. If taken during the first signs of illness, Echinacea Purpurea can provide relief almost instantly and quick recovery is almost gauranteed.
Side Effects of Echinacea Purpurea Flowers
Since Echinacea Purpurea is an immunity boosting herb hence there are very few side effects associated with its usage. However, conditions such as autoimmune disorder sometime show an adverse effect. And it is also advisable to note if there is any irritation that is caused while using the medicine so it can be discontinued before any further damage takes place. Since herbal medicines are very powerful, it is always advisable to consult with either a herbalist or a naturopathic doctor before consuming any of 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