Primary UsesColds and Flues
Infections (viral and bacterial)
Echinacea is famous as an immune builder for immune deficiency and can stop an acute oncoming cold, flu, or infection if used in large doses at the first sign of immune breakdown.
The larger acute doses below will commonly ward off oncoming acute bacterial and viral infections (i.e. colds and flu). Echinacea will excite the immune system to fight off microbes before they dominate an organ system and create symptoms or pathology. If on the edge of getting sick, one must take the large frequent doses for 12-24 hours to realize the full acute benefit.
As a long term tonic, it can be used as an immune booster for those with immune deficiency (i.e. chronic colds, flu, bacterial infections, slow healers, HIV, bed sores, chemotherapy). Echinacea will help to rebuild a healthy immune respone. Eventually, one will not need Echinacea if they maintain a healthy life style.
For those who get sick every cold and flu season, begin using a moderate dose of Echinacea 1-2 months before the cold and flu season begins. This can prevent getting sick. If someone in the family is sick, give Echinacea to the other family memners to prevent their catching of the virus.
Echinacea stimulates phagocytosis (munching of the white blood cells=WBC) to help clean up foreign bodies and increases the number of WBC. It prevents and reverses necrosis from wounds(tissue degradation where pus forms from infection). Echinacea does not kill microbes by itself, but will stimulate ones immune function to do it. It re-establishes healthy innate immune response.
Long Term Tonic: 30-90 drops (2-3 sqirts) in juice or water, 1-3 times per day or as needed.
Acute: 3-5 squirts and up to 1 teaspoon=5-6 squirts, every 2-3 hours when on the edge of illness.
Kids: 10-60 drops by weight
Cautions and Considerations
Do not use for AIDS when the T-cell count is below 200.
Some believe that Echinacea cannot be taken long-term. There is no convincing evidence to suggest that this is true.
There is also the idea that since Echinacea is immune stimulating, it will aggravate autoimmune disorders such as MS, lupus rheumatoid arthritis, etc. No evidence shows that Echinacea stimulates this part of the immune system and makes it hyper active, therefor, Echinacea is OK in autoimmune disorders.
If you have concerns about taking Echinacea consult with your health care professional.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease.
This is an alcohol-free extract.
Alcohol-free Echinacea Herbal Tincture by Suzanne's (2 oz)
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