Echinacea is a type of herb or flowering plant in the herbaceous genus and Asteraceae family. Often, people use Echinacea to produce various natural health products, home remedies, homeopathic cures, alternative medicines, herbal vitamin supplements, and naturopathic remedies. The most well-known and traditional use of is as a preventative home remedy against the common cold.
Echinacea is a native plant all across North America. Other names for Echinacea include: Black Sampson, American Cone Flower, Black Susans, Brauneria Angustifolia, Comb Flower, Kansas Snakeroot, Indian head, Hedgehog, Purple Flower, Red Sunflower,Pale Coneflower, Scurvy Root, and Snakeroot.
Health Benefits of Echinacea
Echinacea is often used as a home remedy or herbal supplement to help fight an infection, the flu, UTI, herpes, gum disease, diphtheria, and some other STDs. Others diseases Echinacea as a homeopathic remedy purportedly cures include: septicemia, tonsillitis, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), migraines, general pains, rattlesnake bites, ADHD, acid indigestion, rheumatism, and dizziness.
It may also be applied topically as a naturopathic health product to mitigate skin problems such as: boils, wounds, ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, bee stings, skin burns, simplex, UV damage, and hemorrhoids.
Some studies suggest that Echinacea may reduce the chances of catching a cold by over fifty percent and shorten the duration by about one to two days. Furthermore, the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) concluded that the body of scientific and medical evidence was sufficient enough to approve the use of certain types of the juice from Echinacea purpurea for short-term use to prevent a cold.
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