My favourite immune herb

Echinacea Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea is one of the most researched medicinal herbs today. It is widely used in western herbal medicine for its immune modulating effects.

Chonic and acute infections are a common presentation in my clinic and Echinacea is my ‘go-to’ herb for helping recovery. It is considered to be antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory.

Recent clinical research has shown that it effects immune cell activation and modulation, may prevent the common cold (sufficient doses required) and may provide relief of the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. In 2012 a study showed that a good quality Echinacea root taken 14 days before and during long-haul air travel reduced the incidence of respiratory symptoms… now that is good news!
Based on its traditional use and current scientific understanding Echinacea can be used in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions including:

  • Long-term for the treatment of chronic immune deficiency
  • For the treatment of acute infections.
  • For the prevention of infections (long-term if necessary in some individuals).
  • For the treatment of allergies due to the immune modulating effect.
  • For the treatment of autoimmune diseases due to the immune modulating and anti-inflammatory effects.
  • For the treatment of skin conditions due to effects on immunity and its depurative activity.
  • For the treatment of lymphatic congestion due to its immune and lymphatic effects.

Gotta love echinacea!