Kerry Bone

The Big Asthma Lie

Holistic Treatment to get rid of Asthma

Get Instant Access


Introduction What Is Echinacea? What Makes Echinacea Work? Caffeic Acid Derivatives Polysaccharides Lipophilic Components Quality Issues with Echinacea Products Limitations on the Use of Echinacea

Traditional Use Does Not Support Limitations Modern Research Does Not Support Limitations Echinacea in Autoimmunity and Asthma Echinacea as an Immunomodulator Conclusions References introduction

Echinacea is probably the most widely used herbal product in the English-speaking world. However, despite its popularity, the scientific understanding of how Echinacea works on the immune system is incomplete. The scientific information that does exist has sometimes been overenthusiastically applied or even misinterpreted. Unfortunately, this has led to some writers suggesting restrictions and contraindications for the use of Echinacea that are premature at best and probably ill advised.

Some of these limitations are essentially derived from the concept that Echinacea stimulates the immune system. The following assumptions are then made:

Since it is not healthy to stimulate the immune system all of the time, Echinacea should only be used as a short-term treatment. Stimulation of the immune system will be detrimental in autoimmune disorders (such as multiple sclerosis) or in disorders where a heightened immune response may be counterproductive (such as AIDS, asthma, leukemia, and tuberculosis); hence Echinacea is con-traindicated in their treatment (Blumenthal et al., 1998).

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Dealing With Asthma Naturally

Dealing With Asthma Naturally

Do You Suffer From ASTHMA Chronic asthma is a paralyzing, suffocating and socially isolating condition that can cause anxiety that can trigger even more attacks. Before you know it you are caught in a vicious cycle Put an end to the dependence on inhalers, buying expensive prescription drugs and avoidance of allergenic situations and animals. Get control of your life again and Deal With Asthma Naturally

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment