A member of the Compositae family, Echinacea angustifolia, is recognized
as an herbal remedy for immune system strengthening. In fact, this pretty
plant was included in the pharmacopoeias of medical establishments all over
North America earlier this century.
The most popular herb in North America, echinacea is used in a multitude
of pharmaceutical and natural remedies. This purple-flowering herb can be
used to successfully treat respiratory infections, symptoms of colds and
flu, and infections caused by Candida albicans, particularly yeast infections.
A variety of constituents within echinacea are believed to be responsible
for its characteristic medicinal qualities. In addition, clinical studies
have proven echinacea helps lessen the time required by the body to recover
from colds and flu.
Echinacea can be applied topically to heal wounds, cuts, and burns, and
treat conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and herpes simplex.
Echinacea is recognized as "the immune herb". It works to help
the body combat and ultimately defeat various bacterial, fungal, viral and
protozoan infections. Symptoms normally associated with these types of infections
are decreased in severity with use of this herb