Echinacea, its qualities and benefits
Echinacea purpurea, is the most important medicinal herb of its species. The leaves, flowers and mainly the roots, have healing properties. Very useful for treating respiratory system infections, such as a common cold and the flu. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, for different skin conditions.
*Echinacea therapeutic benefits
Among the best known benefits attributed to echinacea, is the fight against the common cold. Either to prevent it or to reduce its intensity and duration, by stimulating the immune system. Also, it works as an excellent anti-inflammatory.
Echinacea, administered at the beginning of the infectious respiratory process, showed that it seems to shorten the duration and severity of colds and other respiratory tract infections.
Research indicates that the *echinacea, decreases the chances of getting the flu by 85%. The researchers also say that the plant helps cure the flu faster, shortening the convalescence period by approximately 36 hours.
Treatment of inflammation of tendons and muscles
The anti-inflammatory properties of echinacea make it a potent remedy to treat tendonitis and bursitis. It is also very effective for the treatment of sports injuries, home or car accidents.
Utility for the skin
When we need to promote wound healing or reduce inflammation, topical application of echinacea extract is a good option. Also, purple echinacea extract * is beneficial in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. A chronic skin condition, which causes rashes and itching.
Applied to the skin, the fresh juice of this plant, serves to treat wounds of various kinds. For example, cuts, ulcers and burns, also, insect bites, and acne.
In addition, it stimulates epithelial regeneration, relieving certain diseases such as psoriasis, eczema and inflammatory skin conditions.
With echinacea, you can also treat mouth sores and gingivitis.
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Echinacea has a very good response, in patients where their defenses are low, due to chemotherapy or radiotherapy. In this way, * Echinacea strengthens your immune system, protecting it from possible infections.
How to take the *echinacea
In general, when we seek to prevent colds, the advice is to take echinacea, for two weeks in a row, take a break of a few days, and then start again.
The recommendation is to take *echinacea, for a period of 1 to 3 months, from the beginning of winter. In this way, we prevent recurrent infections of the respiratory tract.
To treat cold sores, skin inflammations, insect bites or burns, apply a cotton ball soaked with echinacea tincture or juice thereof.
Contraindications and side effects of *echinacea
To avoid the risk of developing side effects and complications, it is advisable to use echinacea for a maximum of six to eight weeks.
It is not recommended in children with less than twelve years. Nor in people with autoimmune or liver diseases. As well as during pregnancy and lactation.
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