Echinacea Benefits You May Not Be Aware Of
The Health Benefits of Echinacea
What is Echinacea and does it really have health benefits? Echinacea, an herb native and grown in North America, was apparently used since pre-colonial times by the American Indians as a “cure-all” medicine, believed to cure any ailment from the common cold and flu to more life-threatening and serious diseases such as cancer.
Since it has hit the market and shelves of health food stores and drug stores, tests and studies show that although the medicinal plant Echinacea by itself does not actually eliminate the disease, it does increase the body’s immune system, which cannot be specified or explained. Making the body stronger, people have responded to the herb by getting sick less, having a faster recovery, and symptoms of diseases become milder. It comes in various forms of powder, capsules, tinctures, creams, ointment, and tablets. Here’s a list of some of its many wonders:
Blood Purification Benefits
Claimed to be a blood purifier and an effective antibiotic, the therapeutic herb fights off any disease faster, thereby claiming that Echinacea as an effective treatment on respiratory ailments such as the common cold, hay fever also known as allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, flu, nasal congestion or upper respiratory infections such as bronchitis and sore throat. The root or herb must be boiled into tea and consumed once after a meal daily for two weeks.
It has been discovered to be effective in treating boils, psoriasis, eczema and other skin infections and slow-treating wounds. One has the option of drinking the herbal tea or applying the topical cream or ointment
Ear Infection Treatment
Echinacea is also effective in treating ear infections. It also heals urinary tract infections and vaginal yeast fungal infections or candida infections, “athlete’s foot” plus nail and hair infections. The prickly root, greatly resembling a hedgehog, is also added to medications for haemorrhoid treatment.
For cosmetic purposes, once applied, this wild root, in form of a topical cream, can be used to treat acne. It also acts as sunblock and protects our skin from the harsh effects of the sun. It can be utilized for the treatment of sunburn and soothe its discomfort.
It is used as an antibiotic to treat the skin and prevent infections for ‘breaks’ on the skin – scratches, cuts, incisions, splinters and punctures.
Since it increases the body’s immune system, no wonder it is also being used in alternative medicine to support the immune system of those with cancer, yet must be taken cautiously with the advice of one’s oncologist, as it can react negatively with other cancer drugs and immunosuppressant drugs.
There are also therapeutic claims that it has the ability to be used as treatment to improve or enhance the immune system of those with chronic fatigue syndrome and AIDS/HIV.
Research has supported the many wonders of this miracle plant. Dr. Sandra Miller, of McGill University in Montreal, Canada in has discovered in her 5 years of research tested on mice, not humans, that the span of the life of mice inflicted with leukaemia was extended.