Studies show that Echinacea stimulates phagocytosis, a process where white blood cells travel around the body hunting and attacking harmful micro organisms releasing chemicals and digesting them. White blood cells are a major component of the body's inbuilt quick response immune system.
Echinacea increases the amount of interferon, among other chemicals, which are essential for a healthy immune system. Our cells release interferon when they are infected by a virus. When neighbouring cells sense the released interferon, killer white cells are put on standby ready to …show more content…
For maximum effectiveness start taking Echinacea as soon as first symptoms present themselves to prevent the infection taking hold, however it will also shorten recovery time if taken
Echinacea stimulates the body's immune system against all infectious and inflammatory conditions, counteracts pus, and stimulates digestion. It is one of the most powerful and effective remedies against all kinds of bacterial and viral infections. It should be taken frequently, every hour or two during acute stages of inflammation, tapering off as symptoms improve. There are no generally recognized side effects of Echinacea overdose, but some have noted a peculiar scratchy, tickling sensation in the throat from excessive use.
Root (chewed, or in tea) to relieve toothaches, wounds, external ulcers, bed sores, burns, boils, acne, eczema, hard-to-heal sores and wounds, flu, fever, and colds.
Interestingly there have been studies using echinacea in the food of dogs and cats with infections.
The results were very positive and the