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Echinacea Purpurea / Echinacea Angustifolia

The Echinacea species are perennial herbs native to Midwestern North America although they grow well in the UK and North European climates. Of the nine species, E. Angustifolia, E. Purpurea, and E. Pallida are the most commonly used clinically. The portions of the plant used for medicinal purposes include the aerial portion, and the whole plant including the root. Historically, Echinacea has been used by the American Indians for more illnesses than any other plant.


  • Organic tincture: 15-30 drops two to three times daily (half the amount for children under 12)
  • Standardised herb: 150-300mg daily

Potential applications

General infectious conditions, influenza, colds, upper respiratory tract infections, urogenital infections, wound healing, abscesses, folliculitis, eczema, burns, varicose ulcers of the leg, arthritis. Evidence suggests that Echinacea may be used for supporting patients undergoing orthodox cancer treatments.

Known contraindications

AIDS (HIV) - although some positive reports, more research is needed to determine effects. Caution also for transplant patients and patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Echinacea is not recommended in cases of auto-immune disorders such as lupus or M.S. - (although some authorities believe it may even be beneficial). Caution required in those with known allergens to the daisy family (Compositae).

Note: In a healthy individual there would appear no need to continually stimulate the immune system. Studies have shown that Echinacea can be used long term in cases of impaired immune function. The usual recommendation for long term use is 8 weeks on followed by 1 week off.


None known.

Use in conjunction with

  • Immune support - Oregon grape, Vitamin C, E, Zinc, Beta carotene
  • Candida control - Oregon grape, probiotics, fibre complex, l-glutamine, digestive aid


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