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Echinacea purpurea


There are nine known species of echinacea, all of which are native to theUnited Statesand southernCanada. The most commonly used, Echinacea purpurea, is believed to be the most potent.

Common Names—echinacea, purple coneflower, coneflower, American coneflower

Latin Names—Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida

Native Americans may have used Echinacea purpurea for more than 400 years to treat infections and wounds and as a general “cure-all.” Throughout history people have used Echinacea purpurea  to treat scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria. Echinacea is believed to stimulate the immune system to help fight infections.

Plant Description:

Echinacea purpurea is a perennial herb native to the midwestern region ofNorth America. Echinacea purpurea has tall stems, bears single pink or purple flowers, and has a central cone that is usually purple or brown in color. The large cone is actually a seed head with sharp spines that resemble a stiff comb.

Chemical Ingredients

Echinacea purpurea contains several chemicals that play a role in its therapeutic effects. These include polysaccharides, glycoproteins, alkamides, volatile oils, and flavonoids.

The chemicals contained in the root differ considerably from those in the upper part of Echinacea purpurea. For example, the roots have high concentrations of volatile oils (odorous compounds) while the above-ground parts of Echinacea purpurea tend to contain more polysaccharides (substances known to trigger the activity of the immune system). The combination of these active substances is responsible for Echinacea purpurea ‘ s beneficial effects, though research suggests that the above ground portion of Echinacea purpurea is the most effective.

In Germany (where herbs are regulated by the government), the above ground parts of Echinacea purpurea are approved to treat colds, upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, and slow healing wounds. The root of the Echinacea pallida plant is also approved for the treatment of flu like infections.

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