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Echinacea

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Echinacea

ECHINACEA Echinacea purpurea & E. augustifolia Key Constituents: polysaccharides, glycoproteins, echinacoside, echinacin, polyacetylenes, betaine, caffeic acid glycosides, inulin, sesquiterpene esters, alkamides, volatile oils, flavonoids Actions: alterative, immune stimulant, immunomodulant, analgesic, antibacterial, antiviral, sialagogue Energy: Cooling Echinacea, or purple coneflower, is probably the most well known/frequently used herbal supplement in the United States.  While there are nine different species grown throughout North America, two of them, E. purpurea and E. augustifolia are the most used and most widely studied.  Herbalist argue fervently over which has the most medicinal value but ALL variants process the phytochemicals that improve the immune system. Echinacea is an immune system stimulant and modulator...

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