Echinacea is one of the most popular natural remedies for the common cold. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year in the United States for this group of wildflowers that American Indians have been using for hundreds of years for a variety of ailments. Dating back to the 1880’s Echinacea has been part of the traditional and holistic medicinal practices to deal with toxins in and out of the body.
In other parts of the world, the study and research has become quite intense. Since the 20th Century, Germany has been more aggressive with its use in health and vitality and is frequently prescribed by physicians.
One of the mechanism that Echinacea is thought to support the body’s immune system is its ability to increase levels of the chemical properdin, which increases cellular resistance to infection. The herb also activates T cells and stimulates a type of white blood cell, macrophages, that engulf and destroy problematic cells. Echinacea also has a very unique constituent by the name of Echinacin B, which has been shown to inhibit and enzyme that is used by pathogens to enter cells and cause them damage. In addition, Echinacea contains three unique nutrients, polysaccharides, alkylamides, and cichoric acid which together provide a strong activating force on white blood cells that destroy foreign and harmful elements.