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Echinacea

Echinacea

Echinacea is a natural herb and has total nine species. Traditionally, Echinacea was used in the treatment of infection, common cold, flu as it is believed to enhance the immunity of the body by activating the white blood cells. Its leaves, roots and stems are used to prepare medicines, tea, oil, tablets and juices.

Benefits of Echinacea

  • Echinacea has widely been used in the treatment of common cold, flu and other respiratory infections
  • It is used in the treatment of other infections in the body, such as vaginal yeast infection, urinary tract infections and gum diseases
  • It can be applied to the skin to treat burns, radiation skin damages, ulcers or skin wounds
  • Echinacea may help in reducing anxiety if taken in appropriate quantity
  • It helps in reducing eye inflammation and also skin disorders like warts

Natural sources of Echinacea
Echinacea is obtained in the form of an herb naturally. There are no other sources of Echinacea reported till date. Echinacea roots, stem and leaves are used to prepare tea, juices, oil and tablets which are available in the market.

When you should take Echinacea?
It is always recommended to take Echinacea after consulting the doctor. The dose and quantity may differ depending upon your health and medical condition. In some cases, the oral dose is recommended while in other oil or tablets are recommended by the health care experts.

When you should avoid Echinacea?
Echinacea intake must be avoided when undergoing any medical treatment like chemotherapy, or taking antibiotics. Pregnant women and breast feeding women should not consume Echinacea. It can be avoided when have any infection or allergy towards medicines or foods.

Quantity of Echinacea to be taken
The quantity of Echinacea to be consumed depends on the medical condition of the person. There  is no fixed dose of Echinacea which has been prescribed by the doctor, for example, it is advised to take two to three tablets of 6 milligrams daily in case of cold or consuming 0.9 ml of Echinacea extract on a daily basis for four months to prevent cold.

Expert Tips/Precautions

  • Always consult the doctor before consumption of Echinacea
  • Discontinue the use of Echinacea if undergoing any treatment such as chemotherapy as it may interact with medicines and cause some serious side effects
  • Do not use Echinacea on the skin if felt any burning or irritation sensation
  • High dose of Echinacea may cause respiratory disorder or stomach troubles.