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Echinacea is a herbal remedy which is an alternative to antibiotics or to support the immune system during any infection.

Children
Echinacea is safe for children. Childhood is the time when upper-respiratory infections occur. Children have to be exposed to various foreign organisms in order to develop a broad-spectrum resistance or immunity as they grow older. Antibiotics over the long term lead to a suppressed immune system. Echinacea is an excellent alternative to antibiotics and acts as a mild antibacterial and antiviral agent.


Studies
Studies have shown that Echinacea enhances the immune response of AIDS patients. Echinacea also improves the ability of the T-cells to exert their anti-tumour or anticancer effect. This assists the body to fight cancer.


Main usages of Echinacea

  • Colds, flu, coughs and bronchitis.

  • Enlarged lymph nodes, sore throat and tonsillitis.

  • Toothache, mouth and gum infections – apply directly to infected area or gargle with Echinacea extract and swallow.

  • Urinary tract infections and prostates.

  • Minor and chronic infections such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and leaky gut syndrome.

  • It is used as co-therapy in treating herpes and candida infections.

  • Useful in the treatment of superficial wounds.

  • Can treat blood and food poisoning – take maximum dosages every 2 hours.

  • For burn it can be applied on the skin.

  • For pelvic infections.

  • Co-therapy in inflammatory skin conditions.


Caution
Health practitioners should be consulted in regards dosage, especially children who should use much less. Moderation should be exercised in even good things. It is recommended that Echinacea not be used for longer than 8 weeks. It belongs to the daisy and sunflower family. People allegic to them might also be allergic to Echinacea.


Optimal Immune System Functionality
A healthy lifestyle is essential with good eating habits, including lots of fruits, nuts and seeds, stress management and exercise.
 
 

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