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Echinacea Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea Angustifolia, Asteraceae family
Homeopathic Name
Echinacea Angustifolia   -   Mother Tincture

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Echinacea Cures


Action of Echinacea

Nutrients in Echinacea

Nature of


Parts Used

Roots, Flowers, Leaves

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Echinacea

High doses may cause Nausea, Dizziness, Insomnia, Headache, Gastrointestinal problem.
Avoid use during pregnancy or if allergic to Ragwood.
It may cause Skin Rash, Swelling, Difficulty in Breathing.
Avoid consumption after 3 weeks, Long term use may cause following
Decreased functioning of Immune system
Impaired wound healing
Opportunistic Infections

Drug Interaction :
Echinacea may interact with methotrexate and anabolic steroids. It may cause inflammation of the liver on interaction with these medications.
Avoid using it with the heart medication, Antifungal, Antianxiety and HIV medication.
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Echinacea is a plant.
It is perennial.
It grows in a subtropical climate.
It grows up to 1.5 M.
Best used for Infections.
It may reduce the effect of immune suppressive drugs.
It is an excellent antidote to rattle snake poison.

In TCM :
Echinacea : Zi Zhui Hua

Meridians Associated: Lungs and Liver.

Dosage : 5 drops of Mother Tincture.

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Materia Medica for Echinacea

Echinacea General

Echinacea is a genus of flowering plants and associated with the Asteraceae family. It is an aborigine of eastern and central North America. It is commonly known as American Coneflower.
Echinacea enhances the Immune system. Increased Immunity lowers the chances of getting sick.
It may even reduce the effects of Immunosuppressive drugs. Do not give to a person kept on Immunosuppressants.
It increases the Mesenchymal defense.
It regulates inflammation in the body including in Septic.
It is widely used in treating Common Cold and Flu.
It prevents Mouth Infections and Problems like Tooth Decay, Gum Diseases and Gingivitis.
The Antibacterial and Antiviral properties of tincture promote healing.
Echinacea combats Urinary Tract Infections.
It cures Skin Problems like Acne, Ulcers, Burns, Eczema, Abscess, Wounds, Boils and Psoriasis.
It is effective for the treatment of Simplex Herpes.
It helps to prevent Vaginal Yeast Infections.
It reduces Migraine symptoms.
It curbs Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
It alleviates the problem of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
It combats Infections of Respiratory Tracts such as Laryngitis and Sinusitis.
It is effective for Sexually Trans mitted Diseases.
It treats Skin Irritation and reduces Wrinkles.
It possesses Antimicrobial and Antibacterial properties thus, resists the body against Virus and Bacteria.
It is a good remedy for treating Tuberculosis.
It combats growth of cancer cells and cures Blood Cancer, Breast Cancer.
It is very effective in curing HIV AIDS.
Echinacea Angustifolia and Echinacea Purpurea are widely used types of Echinacea out of all, medicinally.
Echinacea Purpurea has Immunosimulatory and Anti Inflammatory properties. It is used to treat Putrid Fevers, Diphtheria and symptoms of Cold. Herbally, it is used to cure Boils, Carbuncles, Fatigue, Impetigo, Pyemia, Scarlatina, Septimcemia, Vaccination effects, Wounds, Suppuration, Fatigue, Furuncles. When used in Homeopathic form, the herb treats changes in the blood, simulating Typhoid, effects of Vaccination, Tendency to suppuration, Offensive discharges and Biting, Tingling sensations. Echinacea Purpurea is used as a 'signature remedy' in Low Fevers marked with black Tongue.
Echinacea Angustifolia holds Antiseptic, AntiZymotic and Anti Fermentative properties. Topically, it is used for cleansing and as an Antiseptic wash for Wounds. Herbally, it is best suited for low Typhoid conditions, Diphtheria, Malignant Scarlatina, Carbuncles, Boils and as a remedy for Snake, animal or insect bites. The Homeopathic form of herb is used to boost the Immune system.
Caution: Consult a Doctor before consuming it.
Keywords: Cold, Flu, Urinary Tract Infections, Acne, Boils, Abscess, Wounds, Ulcers, Burns, Eczema, Psoriasis, Simplex Herpes, Vaginal Yeast Infections, Migraine, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Laryngitis, Sinusitis, Skin Irritation, Wrinkles, Tuberculosis, Blood Cancer, Breast Cancer, HIV AIDS, Tooth Decay, Gum Diseases, Gingivitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Methods of Administration. How to take
Tincture. The best and the most potent method of consuming Echinacea is to Tincture it.
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Decoction: Make a tea.
Put l/2 teaspoonful of the powdered root in a cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for 10 minutes. Drink three times a day.
Single Herb

Echinacea for Candidiasis

Drink Echinacea tea 2-3 cups a day.
Or have Echinacea capsules.
Else have Echinacea extract.
For Echinacea Tincture: Take 20-50 drops 3 times a day.

Echinacea for Acne

Echinacea possesses Antibiotic and Detoxifying properties. Both properties make the herb active against Acne in the following manner :
Diminishes redness and puffiness,
Reduces pain and Inflammation,
Improves blood circulation and strengthens blood vessels,
Strengthens the Immune system by increasing the activity of white blood cells.
Fresh or dried Echinacea root may be used for this purpose. Boil two handfuls of root in a liter of water until it remains one-fourth. Let it cool. Strain and store in a bottle. You may use it for 3 to 4 days. Wash the Acne suffered skin 2 to 3 times a day with this decoction. Also, boil quarter tablespoon of powdered Echinacea root in a cup of water. Have it to detoxify the body.
OR : Grind Echinacea root with water to make a paste. Apply it over the affected skin and let it dry. Wash with normal water.

Echinacea for Abscess

Prepare Echinacea tincture. Drink twice a day for 5-10 days.
OR : Prepare root decoction. Drink thrice a day.

Echinacea for Aphthous Ulcers

Take 5 ml liquid extract of Echinacea. Swish it for 3-4 minutes and swallow. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
OR : Eat Tablets or capsules.

Echinacea for Athlete's Foot

Prepare Echinacea tincture. Add this tincture to your juice. Drink 2-3 times a day.

Echinacea for Purifying Blood

Prepare a tea from the leaves of Echinacea. Drink twice a day.

Echinacea for Bursitis

Eat Echinacea capsules.
OR: Drink tincture twice a day.

Echinacea for Septicemia

Prepare a decoction of the root powder of Echinacea. Take one cup two times a day.

Echinacea for Cold

Prepare a tincture of Echinacea. Consume 2 ml of it twice a day.

Echinacea for Breast Cancer

Prepare a decoction of the roots of Echinacea. Have one glass two times a day.

Echinacea for Sinusitis

Take root of Echinacea. Chew a small piece of Echinacea root thrice a day and apply Echinacea oil on nose also.

Echinacea as Immunity Booster

Have two capsules of Echinacea daily.

Echinacea for Bacterial Infection

Antibacterial property of Echinacea makes the internal system strong, so that our body may prevent invaders. It helps the body to create powerful immune cells which fight with infections.
For Internal Use : Grind the dried Echinacea. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of powder in a cup water. Boil the water. Strain and have this tea twice a day.
For External Use : Soak a cotton ball in the infusion of Echinacea and tap onto the infected skin area.

Echinacea for Nasal Congestion

Boil 3-4 leaves of Echinacea in 200 ml of water and make a tea. Drink this tea three times a day.

Echinacea for Stye

It has antibiotic properties. Use the extract to reduce inflammation and pain.

Echinacea For Dental Abscesses

Take Echinacea internally or apply externally on the affected area.
Take tea 2 times in a day. Or take 10 drops of mother tincture 2 times in a day. Also can Apply decoction on the affected area.

Echinacea for Avian Flu

Take half teaspoon of dried Echinacea root in powdered form. Boil it in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Drink thrice daily.

Echinacea for Bone Infection

Put half teaspoon of Echinacea powdered roots in one cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for 10 minutes. Drink thrice daily.

Echinacea for Botulism

Put half teaspoon of Echinacea powdered roots in one cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for 10 minutes. Drink thrice daily.

Echinacea for Carbuncle

Put half teaspoon of Powdered Echinacea root in one cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for 10 minutes. Drink it thrice daily for one week.

Echinacea for Chlamydia

Prepare a decoction, made of powdered Echinacea herb and one cup of hot water. Drink it twice daily.

Echinacea for Endometritis

Have Echinacea Purpurea – Mother Tincture. Add 10 drops of this tincture in one glass of water. Drink it thrice a day, after meals.

Echinacea for Epstein Barr Virus

Have Echinacea extract, 500 mg once a day for one week.

Echinacea for Ganglion

Apply a thin layer of Echinacea ointment over the affected area. Repeat the process 2 times a day.

Echinacea for Kidney Cancer

Take Echinacea root extract, 500 mg once a day.

Echinacea for Leucopenia

Add half teaspoon of dried Echinacea root powder in one cup of water. Boil it for 10 minutes. Drink it twice daily.
Have a cup of Echinacea tea daily.
OR : Have 10 drops of Mother tincture in a glass of water. Have it 2 times in a day.

Echinacea for Wounds

Take dried Echinacea root powder and make a paste by adding boiled water. Apply on the affected area and leave it for 10 to 20 min. Repeat it for 2 to 3 times in a day. Clean the wound with clean water.
OR : Echinacea root extract is also used externally to heal wounds.
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Herbal Treatment For Elephantiasis 1

Make a concoction of Cleavers leaves, Yellow Dock root, Pokeweed root, Echinacea root, Blue Flag root and Marigold ( Gendha ) flower. Take twice a day.
Caution :
Excess use may cause toxicity.

Herbal Treatment For Infections Combo1

Take Wild Indigo, Echinacea and Myrrh in equal quantity. Prepare a decoction. Take twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Aphthous Ulcers 3

Add 20 drops of Horsetail or Echinacea tincture in 1/4th cup of water. Add Sage, Lavender or Chamomile. Prepare tea. Rinse the mouth after every 2 hours.

Herbal Treatment For Endometriosis 1

Grind dried root of Chasteberry, Echinacea, Wild yam, Viburnum Opulus in equal quantity. Take Raspberry leaves and Motherwort leaves in half quantity. Prepare a decoction. Strain. Drink one cup two times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Sinusitis 3

Take Echinacea root and Golden Seal root in equal proportion. Powder them together. Boil 4 pinches of powder in a cup of water. Have it twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Myeloma

Have Goldenseal And Echinacea extract, half teaspoon diluted with water daily.
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will just ONE cup of echinacea in the evening affect my methotrexate therapy?
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19 Oct 2020
Can Echinacea ang and Echinacea pur give the same result.
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24 Feb 2021
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