Relieve Cold & Flu Symptoms With Echinacea
You have probably noticed echinacea listed on the packaging of most over-the-counter cold and flu tablets, so what is echinacea and why is it so effective?
What is Echinacea?
Part of the daisy plant family, echinacea is a range of herbaceous flowers found in eastern and central North America. It was traditionally used by native Americans to treat between 15-20 different conditions including fatigue, pain and even snakebites! Now, however, it is more commonly used to treat infections and the symptoms associated with colds and flu.
How Does it Work in the Body?
Extensive studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of echinacea with promising results. It has a mild antibiotic effect, increases white blood cell counts in the body which are used to fight infections and it supports the body’s natural immune system. Echinacea is beneficial in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections and as a powerful immuno-stimulant, it helps to maintain a healthy immune system.
Why is it so Effective at Relieving Cold and Flu Symptoms?
Echinacea reduces the length and severity of the common cold and flu by assisting the body in fighting off infections. It’s best taken at the first sign of symptoms and can either shorten its duration and severity or prevent the infection from taking hold altogether. Headaches, body aches, coughs, upper respiratory tract infections and stomach aches can all be alleviated with the help of echinacea.
How Should I Take it?
The most effective way of taking echinacea is in the form of pure echinacea root extract 1000 mg. Simply add 100 mL to your water or juice, three times a day during a cold or flu, or take a regular dosage for a healthy immune system.
Learn More About Natural Medicine
Learn about the benefits of herbal medicine with a course by the Australian School of Herbal Medicine. Contact us today for more information.