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echinacea

(ĕk'ənā`shēə), popular herbal remedy, or botanical, believed to benefit the immune system. It is used especially to alleviate common colds and the flu. Several controlled studies using it as a cold medicine have failed to find any benefit from its use, but a 2007 review of 14 different studies said that echinacea could have modest to marked effects against cold viruses. Echinacea is extracted from the roots and flowering tops of the purple coneflowerconeflower,
name for several American wildflowers of the family Asteraceae (aster family). The purple coneflowers (genus Echinacea), found E of the Rockies, have purple to pinkish petallike rays; some cultivated forms have white flowers.
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 (Echinacea angustifolia and E. purpurea).
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echinacea

The famous immune system stimulant that’s touted as a healing wonder, used for everything from herpes to brown recluse spider bites. Great for colds, flu and anything your body may be fighting. Increases levels of virus-fighting interferon in the body. Prompts the thymus, bone marrow, and spleen to produce more immune cells. Helps cleanse the blood and boost lymph system cleansing making it a powerful detoxifier for removing infection organisms. Used on hard-to-heal wounds, even sun-damaged skin. Cortisone-like activity. Increases levels of virus-fighting interferon in the body. Not recommended for people with HIV or AIDS. The flower has a brown spiky seed ball with long thin pinkish purple petals around it. The whole plant is edible. Most of the power is in the root, but you can use the flower and seeds by crushing and drying them and making tea. Fresh flower petals make salads and desserts look beautiful. The seeds can be ground into a powder and used as a black pepper type spice. The seeds can also be sprouted and eaten as echinacea sprouts.(good winter food)

Echinacea

 

(purple coneflower), a genus of perennial herbaceous plants of the family Compositae. The stems reach 1–1.5 m in height, and the inflorescences are large heads. The ray flowers are purple, crimson, or, less commonly, whitish; the disk flowers are blackish purple. There are about five species, distributed in North America. The plants have bactericidal properties and are ornamentals. E. purpurea and E. angustifolia are cultivated. Sometimes the Echinacea are included in the genus Rudbeckia.

Echinacea

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(invertebrate zoology)
A suborder of echinoderms in the order Euechinoidea; individuals have a rigid test, keeled teeth, and branchial slits.
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Believed by the general population to possess unique immunostimulatory properties, Echinacea is included in many dietary supplement products.
Keywords: Echinacea Immunomodulation Herbal medicine Anti-inflammatory Ex vivo
A modified potato digger can be used to harvest echinacea roots.
The small sample size and lack of comparators to either a placebo control or other echinacea preparations are noted limitations of the study with future studies to focus on larger scale studies with the inclusion of control/comparator groups and cold affected individuals.
In the summer of 2009, as an RET (Research Experience for Teachers), I joined the research team studying Echinacea angustifolia by assisting with ongoing research.
There is a diversity of alkamides in Echinacea (Bauer and Remiger, 1989), and these may offer interesting new insights into how to design compounds that target the fungal cell wall.
People have often told me to try Echinacea to combat this, but I've always thought it seemed simpler and cheaper to stock up on oranges.
What you need: A packet of echinacea seeds, seed compost, 9cm plant pots, plant label and pencil, clear polythene bag , an unheated greenhouse or cold frame and gardening gloves How to grow: Fill the pot with seed compost almost to the top.
More recently, the results of the largest ever Echinacea study to date, carried out by Prof Ron Eccles at the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University, were published.
To order by debit/credit card, call 0844 448 2451 quoting SMG18009 or send a cheque made payable to MGN SMG18009 to Echinacea Purpurea Offer (SMG18009), PO Box 64, South West District Office, Manchester, M16 9HY or visit www.
Although unpleasant tongue sensations (such as itching, burning and numbness) were reported, no allergic events were noted for either the Echinacea or placebo group during the clinical trial--review of the published literature indicates that mild GI symptoms, unpleasant taste/oral sensations and rash are side effects that are anticipated to occur in some individuals.
Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower, has gained popularity in recent years as a nutritional supplement that proponents believe is helpful in staving off the common cold and shortening its duration.