Health Benefits of Echinacea

Echinacea, being indigenous to North America, was thus widely used by Indians as a medication against colds, flu, and other infections; applied topically it could cure different wounds (cuts, burns, and insect bites). Actually, preparations made of this plant were believed to be a “cure-all” medicine, able to heal any disease – from cough to cancer.

Europeans got acquainted with Echinacea much later than Native Americans, but they started to believe its beneficial impact on the human organism not less than the discoverers of the plant’s effectiveness. Therefore, Echinacea preserved its status of a powerful medicinal herb throughout history. People treated scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria with it.

In fact, Europeans turned out to be true believers in Echinacea’s power: Americans preferred antibiotics and did not even try to prove the plant’s benefits scientifically. Europeans, on the other hand, made great efforts to disclose the secret of Echinacea’s curing power. Germans occupied the leading position in the research studies, which resulted in the isolation of the main herb’s constituents: flavonoids, oils, polysaccharides, phenols (cichoric, caffeic, and caftaric acids and echinacoside), and alkylamides. It also contains copper, iron, iodine, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and E. Due to this combination of ingredients Echinacea works as a natural antibiotic, which can suppress viruses’ activity and promote immune stimulating effect through the activation of T-cells (immune system natural bacteria killers).

All the conducted trials made the scientists state that though Echinacea itself does not cure diseases, it helps the body resist and fight the illnesses, making it stronger. People, who take this plant’s preparations, tend to fall ill less often, experience milder symptoms, and recover sooner.

The diseases, against which Echinacea is a strong helping hand, are respiratory problems, bronchitis, sore throat, enlarged prostate glands, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast (candida) infections, ear infections (otitits), sinusitis, hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Topically it can help heal eczema, psoriasis, and slow-healing wounds. Echinacea is added to anti-hemorrhoids medications; it is also a mighty skin protector from the sun damage.

In spite of some claims that Echinacea has no side effects, studies show that some people may experience allergic reactions, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, sore throat, temporary numbness of the tongue and upset stomach.

The trials have no official results on the use of Echinacea by pregnant and breastfeeding women (though there are no facts that it may cause any birth defects either) and children under 12. Immunocompromized persons are advised to avoid the use of this plant, since it is likely that it may accelerate the development of the conditions like cancer, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, and HIV AIDS.

It is also worthy to note that in Germany Echinacea is approved to treat colds, upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, and slow-healing wounds. However, treatment period is restricted to 8 weeks at a time. In the United States its use is said to be safe if followed to the doctor’s or manufacturer’s instructions.

2016-01-26 05:22:29
Does anyone know if Echinacea applied topically can help to manage eczema? Also was told it is not suitable for people with autoimmune diseases. Not sure what that means but read that Psoriasis falls under this category.
2014-12-21 06:35:15
Echinacea works wonder in prostate enlarment. With vitamin C is a miracle! I read somewhere that we must take them every day for 2 months at a time, rest for a good while, and then reassume taking it for another 2 months, and so on. It works for me at least.
2014-11-23 11:42:18
I have had only 1 cold in the last 5 years where before I started taking it I used to get 2-3 a year. I start with small daily uses of one capsule in the morning and at night.. When I feel I am coming down with something I will take 3 capsules 3 times a day but only for 3-4 days as you can over do it…
2014-03-31 11:50:22
I heard wonderful stories about the healing properties in Echinacea Started taking it today i suffer from severe skin allergies to most outdoor things which result in everything from rashes hives to painful boils i will report back if i notices any changes
2013-10-08 07:24:20
JUST STARTED WILL REPORT BACK. I have Hep-C, a cold which I rarely get, psoriasis allergies rheumatoid arthritis . I’m a mess. I feel positive about this .
2013-06-26 12:03:25
I use to get canker sores in my mouth. At times it would be extremely difficult to talk. I tried all the remedies the doctor would request. None of them were really effective. I started using Echinachea and the canker sores healed quickly. In fact, I don’t get canker sores anymore. I wished I would have known about Echinachea when I was young! If we only knew all the good GOD has provided us.
2013-01-17 11:20:23
Thank God for Echinacea!. I felt pretty bad this morning, tired, depressed with a sore throat and a cold to boot, but I just started taking this wonder herb, I feel better already. GOD BLESS!
2012-09-22 16:16:31
My doctor recommended Echinacea before I had Eye Lid Lift Surgery. He also recommended me to take Zinc. One week after the surgery I had the stitches out and no one could tell I had surgery. Really promoted fast healing. This surgery was not cosmetic. I had it done because I couldn’t see very well.
2012-09-14 16:06:41
I started taking echinacea in hopes of clearing up the acne I’ve been experiencing since middle school (I’m 23 now). It certainly helped cut down on the large, painful cystic acne. I’ve recently been having severe toothaches as well, and taking echinacea has made a huge improvement in my level of pain.
2012-05-29 12:52:04
Ive used echinacea for 40 years. Its like a wonder drug for me. I used as recommended, and it kills all the little bugs that come after me; and for serious tooth infection,it knocked it right out; this is a great herb that will help everyone.
2012-05-08 07:55:54
I have just started taking echinacea for my sinus infection,its wonderful stuff my headaches have stopped,after two days of taking it..
2011-11-10 18:34:17
I agree with the most of you. I personally have been taking Echinacea every fall/winter season. I give it to my three children as well. Everybody always wonders how we never get sick – not even the sniffles. And we’re always surrounded by sick people. I love Echinacea – Thank you God!!
2011-11-05 11:11:04
The herbs are a gift of God, not just echinacia, there are thousants of them around the world to cure all of illness.
Richard dangly
2011-09-08 15:30:58
Iv been taking enchincia and it helps me pee like a race horse.I do hav prostate problems so it helps with that..and a sense of overall well being seems like a stress reliver also…I take it with vitamin C .its great herb.
Truth Bringer99
2011-08-15 20:50:07
This is obviously a placebo.
2011-08-03 14:09:08
Had a sinus infection and within 3 days it was gone. been takin this product along with other natural supplements and I will have to say That God is good. Wish our goverment wouldnt shove us with medicines that can and are destroying our body. Not taking away anything from taking medications prescribed by our doctors but do your research before you consider going to the doctor.( I’ve also noticed a change on my mind set and outlook on life) THANK YOUU NATURAL HERBSS!!! (:
2011-07-06 11:55:36
Hello nack, just want to say dandelion herb is a good liver cleanse and the burdock herb is a blood cleanser .I use them myself.
2011-06-17 08:58:55
just started taken echinacea from top care
will post when I notice changes
I have end stage liver and have
nothing too loose by trying herbal products
got any suggestions?
2011-06-14 20:08:23
Been taking Echinacea & Goldenseal complex with vitamin C for the past 10 years off & on & it works wonders ! I used to get the whole allergy attack( Eyes, lungs, Sinus, & heavy mucus production )Ever sense taking these few items I haven’t had any issues at all ! Even other benefits ! Skin issues cleared up & digestive problems have subsided ! I am constantly recommending it to People who complain about allergy issues & after experiencing the wonders of Echinacea they always say it’s a god send. This stuff is awesome ! If you have these problems give it a try ! It’s WAY less expensive then prescription drugs that cause other issues in the long run with no side effects from My own personal experience. Give it a try ! You’ll thank God You did !
2011-05-04 16:07:40
Echinacea is a wonderful plant….!!! It has helped my mother with her allergies….