Echinacea Purpurea (root) Echinacea Purpurea

Popularly known as echinacea, there are three species of this plant in use as therapeutic supplement. These species include; Echinacea pallida, Echinacea purpurea, and Echinacea angustifolia. All three are native North American plants and have a rich history of use by the Great Plains Indian tribes. [1] The use of echinacea as a medicinal herb was passed on to early white settlers. Soon After, echinacea angustifolia and pallida were included as official medicines in the United States National Formulary until 1950. [2] The use of echinacea declined with the rise of antibiotics in the United States; however it has seen continual use in Europe.


The relatively recent advent of antibiotic resistance has led to a resurgence in the use of echinacea; increasing its popularity as an effective botanical medicine. As one of the first herbal medicines to be ‘rediscovered' in the late 1980's and early 90's, many echinacea products were impure and adulterated with other similar, but less effective herbs. Because of this discrepancy, clinical studies conducted on echinacea dating prior to 1991 (when the adoption of stricter standardization regulations for this herb began) may be considered unreliable. [3]


Historical use of echinacea involved treatments of many different infectious processes, allergic disease, rheumatism, and even rattlesnake bites. As a treatment for skin irritations, echinacea was also widely used on boils, abscesses, skin ulcers, eczema, psoriasis and bee stings.



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Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
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$0.77 30 Progressive Health

 

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