Echinacea: Overview

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Modified on 2009/10/14 21:31 by admin
Echinacea, also known as the purple coneflower, is an herb found throughout North American prairies, plains, and open woodlands. The herb has proven effective as a remedy for helping the body rid itself of microbial infections. Some health care providers use Echinacea to treat influenza and upper respiratory tract infections such as tonsillitis and laryngitis. The herb works by inhibiting the action of the enzyme hyaluronidase. When activated by a pathogen, hyaluronidase allows a foreign agent to invade and kill exposed cells. Some doctors believe the herb may be a key factor in immune system stimulation.

Proponents of Echinacea received devastating news recently when a study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology revealed that the herb may have adverse effects on users who suffer from allergies and asthma. In the study, Australian researchers reported that several users suffered from dizziness, difficulty breathing, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, hypertension, nosebleeds, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and kidney failure. Health officials believe asthma and allergy sufferers may be allergic to specific pollens and allergens found in Echinacea.

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  7. Joints & Muscles: Overview
  8. Kidney Failure
  9. Nausea: Overview
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