What Do You Know About Echinacea?

September 25, 2011
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Echinacea has become a go-to herb for boosting immunity and is now a staple in many people’s medicine cabinets. But do you know just how long it’s been around? Archeological digs show that Native Americans used echinacea for more than four centuries to treat wounds and infections and as a general cure-all. At other points in history, echinacea has been used to treat malaria, syphilis, scarlet fever and blood poisoning. Echinacea was most popular in the United States in the 1800s and 1900s, but, like many alternative therapies, its popularity declined after the introduction of antibiotics.

Today, we use echinacea to shorten the duration of the common cold and the flu and to reduce symptoms such as sore throat, cough and fever. Echinacea is reported to boost the immune system and help fight infections. While the benefits of echinacea have long been debated in the medical community, many of our customers report that taking echinacea at the onset of a cold reduces their symptoms and shortens the length of time they have a cold. (Click here for a full round-up of recent research studies done on echinacea.)

If you love echinacea—or even if you’ve never tried it—check out Pharmaca’s full line of echinacea and other nutritional supplements, such as zinc, to help fight colds and infections. We offer Echinacea in various forms including soft gels, fluid, capsules, and tablets. (As with any herbal supplement, you should always consult your doctor before taking it as there are possible interactions with certain prescribed medications including immunosuppressants, some cancer treatments and Econazole, an antifungal agent.)