Echinaceae angustifoliae (Echinacea)

Medical Indication

Part of the plant which can be used

  • The root of the plant.

Present in the market

  • Herbal substance.
  • Powdered herbal substance.
  • Comminuted herbal substance.
  • Tincture.
  • Liquid extract.

Medical Use and Dosage – mode of administration

ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA roots are mainly used to treat upper respiratory tract infections such as, allergic rhinitis, cold, laryngitis, tonsillitis and poisonous animal bites, dermatitis, acne, injuries, osteoarthritis and rheumatic arthritis.
In order to treat common cold, it can be used in herbal tea. In case of using herbal substance, it can be consumed very hot, several times daily, between meals.
It can also be used in powdered herbal substance, and the suggested dosage is 2-3 times daily.
All herbal substances are suitable for the relief of early symptoms of common cold and generally for respiratory problems. Are also indicated for respiratory problems and poisonous bites.
In all aforementioned health problems, it can be taken three times daily.
In case of using tincture form, it can be applied 2-2.5 ml 2 times daily. Tincture is immunostimulant, antibacterial, antiviral, and can be used as an adjuvant in the treatment of common cold, influenza and fever. Also for the stimulating the regeneration of tissue. Also, may be used as adjuvant in the treatment of furunculosis, septicaemia and similar infections. After recovering, it is recommended to continue the use until 8 weeks.

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Combinations & Contraindications

Echinacea can be combined with Achillea or Arctostaphylos in case of cystitis.
Echinacea can provoke allergic reactions.
Patients, who take immunosuppressive drugs, do not use Echinacea.
It is contraindicated to be used during pregnancy without medical surveillance.

Recognized Ethnobotanical use

Echinacea angustifolia is used to treat Naso-pharyngeal catarrh, pyorrhoea and tonsillitis. It is also adjuvant therapy and prophylaxis of recurrent infections of the upper respiratory tract (common cold).

Dissemination & Use