Efficacy and application of echinacea extract

Jan 28, 2021

Efficacy of echinacea extract

According to reports in the United States, echinacea is one of the top ten best-selling natural medicinal plants (human medicine) on the American market. Echinacea can effectively prevent and treat various chronic and acute infections caused by any type of bacteria or viruses, especially when administered before or early onset. In the treatment of severe or critical illness, echinacea can be used as an auxiliary medicine to support other treatments. For example, in Europe, echinacea has been used as an adjuvant drug for chemotherapy of cancer patients. According to research, echinacea also has a strong boosting effect on the human immune system, including: increasing the activity and number of various immune cells, such as white blood cells, T4 helper cells and spleen cells: stimulating immune cells to secrete tumor necrosis factor and other immune factors . Therefore, echinacea can strengthen the body's resistance to various invading pathogens or toxins. Echinacea and its preparations are widely used in the treatment of common colds, coughs, bronchitis, tonsillitis, abdominal pain, toothache, upper respiratory tract infections, viral infections, skin infections and chronic diseases caused by immune deficiency. It is worth noting that echinacea has radiation protection, which can effectively promote the bone marrow to produce white blood cells, thereby protecting the human immune system from X-ray or radiotherapy radiation. It is also expected to become a very promising anticancer drug. It is currently being studied for AIDS.


1. Anti-inflammatory and prevention of upper respiratory tract infection

Experiments have shown that Echinacea can alleviate the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections and early colds, and can shorten the course of the disease, especially the early symptoms. At present, many American family doctors recommend that patients use echinacea drugs to prevent upper respiratory tract infections and other inflammations, and point out that for healthy young people in the early stages of a cold, echinacea may be a reasonable choice, even better than antibiotics.

A retrospective study of 1,280 children with bronchitis showed that treatment with echinacea juice can speed up the healing process than treatment with antibiotics. This is mainly because bronchitis is mostly a viral infection and antibiotics can't help it, but echinacea preparations can stimulate non-specific The defense system attacks cells infected by viruses.

In Germany in 1982, there were as many as 300 types of echinacea single preparations and compound preparations, and they were widely used to treat acute and chronic respiratory infections caused by viruses or bacteria; assist various antibiotics to treat various serious bacterial infections.


2. As an immune modulator and immune booster

Echinacea plants are mainly used to treat and prevent diseases by activating different immune cells to improve the function of the body's own immune system. In Germany, echinacea preparations were listed in the 2000 most commonly used prescriptions in 1989, ranking 131st. Echinacea is currently known as an immune enhancer in the world.

In human medicine, echinacea is widely used to treat various infectious diseases and immune diseases such as bronchial asthma, genital herpes, cancer and AIDS. Echinacea can increase the phagocytosis of alveolar macrophages to pathogens and increase the body’s resistance. At the same time, it can produce a variety of cytokines, such as IL-1, IL-6, TNF-a and cytotoxins, to control their own activity and The activity of other immune cells.

In veterinary medicine, related experiments have shown that feeding horses with echinacea can increase the phagocytic ability of neutrophils and the number of peripheral lymphocytes, and effectively stimulate the immune activity of horses. Plant extracts can be used as a blood supplement for horses. It can increase the number of hemoglobin, the number of red blood cells and some physiological and training indicators. Feeding chickens with echinacea root products as feed additives can significantly increase the weight of the experimental group and reduce the infection of coccidia.


3. Treatment of wounds, ulcer inflammation and other skin diseases


Application of Echinacea Extract


1. Application in health products:

As a dietary supplement to strengthen the immune system, fight viruses, and shorten the course of colds, the products on the market include echinacea complex nutritional lozenges, echinacea drops, echinacea essence capsules, etc.


2. Animal health:

As a feed additive for poultry and livestock, it can achieve the effect of preventing epidemic diseases, and at the same time can enhance and improve the immunity and resistance of poultry and livestock.


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