Echinacea herb has been used for centuries in various parts of the world to improve a variety of bodily functions and ailments. It helps fight inflammation as well as bacterial and viral infection and stimulates certain white blood cells. It is good for the immune system and the lymphatic system, and is useful for allergies, colic, colds, flu, and other infectious illnesses.
“A series of experiments have demonstrated that E. purpurea extracts do indeed demonstrate significant immunomodulatory activities. Among the many pharmacological properties reported, macrophage activation has been demonstrated most convincingly. Phagocytotic indices and macrophage-derived cytokine concentrations have been shown to be Echinacea-responsive in a variety of assays. Activation of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and natural killer cells has also been reasonably demonstrated.”
Barrett, B. “Medicinal Properties of Echinacea: A Critical Review.” in Phytomedicine. Vol 10, Issue 1, 2003, 66-86. https://doi.org/10.1078/094471103321648692
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