What is echinacea?
Echinacea is also known as coneflower. It is a very popular medicinal herb in the United States and one of the best-selling health foods. It contains effective ingredients such as alkanamides, polysaccharides, glycoproteins, etc., but its structure has not been fully studied so far. In addition, according to recent research reports, polysaccharides are related to immunity and promote the growth of interleukins. Recent studies have successively found that echinacea has antibacterial effects, which are antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It is known that echinacea can help symptoms such as urinary tract infection, pain, edema, dryness of the nasal mucosa, and allergies. In Germany, echinacea is a legal medicine. In addition to preventing salty colds and influenza, it also relieves headaches, sore noises, rhinitis, bronchitis, relieves cough and fever, prevents intestinal infections, and improves immune function. A variety of pharmacological effects are also valued.
Echinacea is a Compositae plant native to North America. The native Americans used it to treat toothaches, sore throats, colds and infectious diseases. By the end of the 19th century, Europe also began to cultivate it, and then actively researched the effects of echinacea with Germany as the center. -The direct campaign continues to today. Purple chain has been a very popular medicine in the world. Main grate functional base: Enhance the negative disease ability. Fight against bacteria or viruses, Lyme disease, yeast infections, throat, etc.; can effectively fight against common colds, chronic upper respiratory tract infections, chronic lower urinary tract infections; can heal Wounds; treatment of chronic ulcers, especially in the early stages of a cold, the effect will be better.
Many phytochemicals in Echinacea are actively involved in its action: polysaccharides, flavonoids, caffeic acid derivatives, essential oils, polyacetylenes, alkylamines (Alkylamides) and alkaloids. People already know that polysaccharides can stimulate the body's cells to fight infections.
The nutritionist of Huanyakang said that Echinacea can be obtained from extracts, tinctures, tablets, capsules, ointments, and stable fresh extracts.
To put it simply, the main physiological function of echinacea is to enhance immunity. You may see words that enhance immunity in the description of many healthy foods, but most healthy foods, such as ginseng, wheat seedlings, and antioxidant plants Chemicals, etc., are relatively indirect in improving immunity. The so-called indirect meaning is to strengthen the physical fitness first, and then the immunity will be relatively improved.
However, the immune enhancement mechanism of echinacea is more direct and rapid. Purple chain flower can stimulate the immune system immediately after taking it, so that the body's ability to fight pathogens is improved in the shortest time. It sounds like It seems a bit like a special medicine. Because of its characteristics, echinacea is not like a general health food. It is suitable for long-term medium and low-dose uninterrupted consumption. This is like saying that the country does not need to be in peace when there is no enemy The same is true for the large-scale military consolidation and expansion of armaments. Echinacea extract is used when the human body is facing a need for the immune system to exert a powerful effect. When is the most important time for the immune system to function?
The most common is when you have a cold or throat inflammation. Because a cold is a viral infection, there is basically no medicine. The body’s immune system is the only line of defense that can kill the cold virus. So this time is the best time to take echinacea. In addition, echinacea extract is also suitable for the adjuvant treatment of any microbial infections (such as vaginal candida infection, oral herpes virus infection, bacterial pneumonia, ocular chlamydia infection, etc.), even if the patient is already Using antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents, taking echinacea extract still has the effect of shortening the course of treatment and speeding up healing.
In addition, due to the abuse of antibiotics in modern medicine, many pathogenic bacteria are becoming more and more resistant, and even many dangerous diseases are facing the dilemma of no cure. At this time, only the so-called supportive therapy can be used. The patient's own immunity can overcome the disease, and echinacea extract may have more or less auxiliary effects in such cases.
When many people choose to take echinacea daily in winter, it helps to avoid colds and flu. On the other hand, echinacea can reduce the duration of cold or flu. If you have rheumatoid arthritis and are troubled by steroid-based anti-inflammatory drugs, echinacea can be used as a mild analgesic to relieve symptoms without side effects.
To deal with general immune system stimulation, if you suffer from a cold, upper respiratory tract infection or cystitis, choose the following dosage form. Three times a day:
1-2 grams of dried roots, made into tea
2-3 ml of 22% alcohol concentrate is diluted to contain 2.4% β-1,2-furanoside. 200 mg essence powder contains 6.5:1, or 3.5% echinacea essence (1:1): 1ml-5ml Anhydride (1:5): 1-3 ml of stable fresh extract: 75 ml
To treat arthritis, take 15 drops of standardized extract produced by a acclaimed manufacturer every day to treat hard-to-heal wounds, hope to apply skin cream or ointment
The American Herbal Products Association gives echinacea a first-class safety level. Therefore, as long as you follow the doctor's advice or the label instructions, you will be safer. In Germany, the continuous use period of purple chain chrysanthemum is limited to 8 weeks. Consult a doctor if you want to take it for a long time.
When you take echinacea by mouth, you will have a strong numbness and tingling sensation on your tongue. This is normal and will disappear soon. There have been some reports of rash and itchy skin, but this is rare. If you have tuberculosis, white blood cell proliferation,
Do not take echinacea for diabetes, compound sclerosis, AIDS or autoimmune system disease. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before taking echinacea.
Because echinacea can affect your immune system, do not take this herb if you take any anti-suppressive treatments.