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What is Echinacea Used For? Health Benefits and Side Effects of Echinacea in Food

Echinacea boosts up the immune system and reduces the symptoms of common cold and flu. It is used to treat fever, sore throat and to fight infections. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-viral, anti-oxidant and hormonal properties. Thus it is used to treat urinary tract infections, candidiasis, otitis media, sinusitis, hay fever, athlete’s foot and slow healing wound. It contains polysaccharides, glycoproteins, flavaonoids, volatile oils and alkamides. These substances are responsible for its health benefits. Echinacea reduces the effect of immunosuppressive drugs. It can cause allergic reactions ranging from mild such as a rash to severe like anaphylaxis which is characterized by shortness of breath, chest tightness and fainting.

by Margaret Walker on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 22:55


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