What is Echinacea?
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) is a medicinal herb with promising medical property. Initially, echinacea widely use by Europe and America to alleviate common colds. Echinacea extracts rich in glycoproteins and polysaccharides have long been reported to have immunoactivity. Today people around the world use the supplements contain Echinacea to assist the treatment of several illness including coughs and cold, upper respiratory infections, yeast infection and ear infections. Several bioactive compounds in Echinacea which attribute to immunomodulating activity are alkamides, glycoproteins, polysaccharides and caffeic acid derivatives (CADs)
What Are The Proposed Benefits of Echinacea?
- Strengthen immune system
- Regulate blood sugar level
- Reduce inflammation, pain and swelling
- Improve eczema symptoms and enhance wound healing
The study concludes that echinacea is a promising compound that has a preventative effect on respiratory infection. (1)
(1) Weishaupt. Safety and Dose-Dependent Effects of Echinacea for the Treatment of Acute Cold Episodes in Children: A Multicenter, Randomized, Open-Label Clinical Trial. Children (Basel). 2020 Dec; 7(12): 292.