What is it?Echinacea, also known as Purple Coneflower, is a Native American plant. It was introduced into medical practice in the United States in 1887 and used extensively to treat minor infections, such as cold and flu, for about four decades.
Where is it from?In 1938 a German pharmaceutical company began scientific research on the American plant, developing a medicinal product that engendered worldwide interest in the herb. Most of the scientific testing of the herb has been done in Germany, where it is officially approved as an over - the - counter drug to boost immunity and help fight respiratory infections.
What is it used for?If you want to activate your immune system as a way of defeating infections, the first thing to try is Echinacea. Echinacea fends off infections primarily by activating immune functions and, secondarily, by attacking viruses.

Information provided is intended to provide an electronic reference library about nutrition and health. The views expressed in this or other sections of this site, have not been independently researched or confirmed.
Updated on : 2/19/2012 6:18:52 PM
© 1996 - 2001, all rights reserved
Text Based Catalog