Echinacea is in the Daisy (flower) family. It became popular in America in the 1800s and, again, in Germany in the 1920s. It is often used to treat colds and flu. The herb helps to reduce many of the symptoms of cold and flu viruses and some other illnesses, infections and conditions, by supporting the immune system.
There are 9 different species of Echinecea, but 3 are, typically, used in treatments. Echinacea has some antimicrobial properties and is high in antioxidants. While there have been numerous studies on Echinacea, results have been mixed. Some studies have shown it can help to reduce a cold or flu virus by a day or two, while others show it works no better than a placebo. For example, researchers in the U.K. compared it against a placebo and found no difference in control groups after 6 months.
Echinacea has been used for a variety of conditions. However, none of them have been backed by studies.
Echinacea is not an anti-viral. Although it can stimulate the immune system, topical remedies that boast Echinacea's healing power are false.
Echinacea is to be cycled. Generally, I suggest 10 days on and, at least, 7 days off. When taken for long periods of time it can lower white blood cell count. It can also interfere with certain drugs.
Echinacea can be taken in taken as a supplement form or as a beverage (tea).
Children under the age of 12 are more sensitive to Echinacea and should not be given Echinacea, as 7% develop a rash, which could be an allergic reaction.
Some Echineacea products have been found to be tainted with arsenic, lead or selenium.
In my opinion, Echinacea, when added to your regimen can't hurt, but isn't one of my top 5 remedy suggestions for dealing with HSV-1 and HSV-2. While it may help to boost the immune system, there are far better herbs for putting Herpes in remission. I provide a short list of the best anti-viral herbs in my e-book, The Old World Diet & Natural Remedies for Putting Herpes in Remission.
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Whirligigs ~ Testicles
Accoucheur ~ A male mid-wife.
Kingsevil ~ A disease or swelling of the cervical lymph nodes.
Valitudinary ~ Subject to sickness; crazy.
Chime-Child ~ A child born on Sunday who was immune to witchcraft, could see ghosts, and was a natural healer.
Periblepsis ~ A delirious stare of the eyes.
Wormland ~ A churchyard.
Green-Sickness ~ A disease incident to virgins; sickly paleness, with green tint of complexion.
Tissek or Tissicky Cough ~ A tickling faint cough.
Multiplying Medicine ~ An elixer of the alchemists, used in making and multiplying gold.
Peat-Reek-Whisky ~ Highland whiskey, distilled over peat fires.
Belly-Brussen ~ A distended stomach or having a protuberant stomach.
Oint ~ To smear with an unctuous substance (usually having to do with painting or disguising something).
Farbed-Up ~ Confused
Nyctobasis ~ Somnambulism; to walk in one's sleep.
Roozles ~ Wretchedness of mind and body.
Coolth ~ Coolness (opposite of warmth).
Pharmacopolist ~ An apothecary.
Laver ~ To wash (before dinner).
Gothicism ~ To be rude or rudeness.
Desuetude ~ Lack of use.
Splay the Bream ~ To cut up that fish.
Doctor of Skill ~ A physician.
Pimpish ~ Dainty in the matter of food (taking in small quantities.)
Dendranthoplology ~ The theory that man sprang from trees.
Fash ~ Care, trouble, anxiety.
Satisfy Colon ~ To satisfy one's hunger.
Neurasthenia ~ Debility or impairment of the nerves.
Trollibags ~ The intestines.
Cothish ~ Faint, sickly, ailing.
Fogo ~ A disagreeable stink or smell.
With Squirrel ~ Pregnant
Pottinger ~ A cook, apothecary, druggist (Scotland).
Pomster ~ A quack doctor; to treat illness without knowledge or skill.
Bleflummery ~ Vain imaginings.
Venefice ~ A practice of poisoning.
Fish-Whole ~ As sound as a fish or healthy.
Weaponsalve ~ A salve that was supposed to cure the wound by applying it to the weapon that caused it.
Overset ~ To recover from mental shock.
Fordolked ~ Wounded.
Witchify ~ To bewitch.
Wamblecropped ~ Humiliated
Naufrage ~ Shipwreck
Peffle ~ In a nervous state.
Measondue ~ A hospital or poor house.
Dead-Nip ~ A blue mark on the body not caused by an injury or any known cause...sometimes called a witch's nip.
Sadly On ~ Expressing that a person is ill or in a bad way.
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