Echinacea Extracts: Why So Many People Like It?

Oct 13, 2022

If you are a health management lover, you may know an antiviral herb to fight the common cold or flu. That is Echinacea. It was so popular in twenty century. Emergency of many other new healthy supplements may decline it’s development, however, there is still many people like it. It’s commonly used on medical products both prescription and OTC medicine and healthcare products. Why it is so popular?


What Is Echinacea?

The other name of echinacea is coneflowers. It’s a native plant in North America, and can be dated back to 400 years ago. All it’s flower, leaves and roots can be used as raw material to be purified. The extracts from the parts above earth are different from what in the earth. The extracts from flowers and leaves are most of essential oil while it from roots is polysaccharide. Those polysaccharide are learned to trigger immune function of our body as well as some animals.

In fact, many of Echinacea's chemical consti  tuents are powerful immune stimulators that can provide significant therapeutic value. Some you may be familiar with are essential oils, flavonoids, inulin, polysaccharides, and vitamin C.

 Benefits of Echinacea Extracts

Help on against cancer

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published report about the benefits of echinacea on brain cancer.  "The medicinal value of the phytochemicals contained in Echinacea is very clear. It shows that it, as well as undiscovered phytochemicals in other herbs, may be valuable tools in fight against tumours," the researchers said.  


According to the researchers, echinacea is now suggested as another cancer substitutive therapy . In another word, alongside or actually in place of conventional therapies.


Help on improve immune system of body

How echinacea help on against cold or flu? A Meta-analysis study published on Lancet Infectious Diseases by University of Connecticut showed echinacea extract can reduce the risk of getting common cold in 58%, and shrink about 1.5 days of the duration of cold.


Help on reduce pain

The history of echinacea begin as a painkiller used by Plains Indians. It is a effective pain reliever for the following types: the intestinal pain, snake bites, sore throat, abdominal pain, tonsillitis, toothache. and pain associated with headache, HSV (herpes), gonorrhea, measles.

A laxative effect

Echinacea has been shown to be a mild laxative, relieving constipation and acting as a sedative.

Similar effect as anti-inflammatory drug

It was explained by University of British Columbia that regular consumption of echinacea is effective in reversing and relieving various types of inflammation.

Improve skin problems

Echinacea is also good for skin, including moistening skin and reducing wrinkles. Studies have shown that using skin products containing echinacea extracts may help on improving skin health. In addition, no side effects have been found, such as skin irritation.

Help on improving mental health

Echinacea angustifolia is a recommended species to help treat specific disorders associated with ADD/ADHD. Adults and children with ADD/ADHD have higher rates than normal to have mood disorders, especially for anxiety, depressed and social phobia.

Help on fight infection

Echinacea is also an excellent treatment for a range of infections. One study shown that it can reduce the rate of recurrent vaginal infections with 16 percent by taking echinacea and applying with cream to the skin compared to take medication alone. It also helps on: gum disease, malaria, syphilis, typhoid fever, herpes progenitalis, and infection of blood, urinary passage and vaginal yeast.

Is it safe to use it on baby?

Generally, it’s not suggest to use it with baby without suggestion of professional health adviser. According to medical analyses, echinacea may hinder the development of your baby's natural immune system. Baby begins to grow into a person from the womb. It’s immune system also matures during this period, so it is crucial that it appears in the most natural way possible. During this time, breast milk is sufficient to provide the nutrients needed for healthy development and to strengthen the immune system. Echinacea is an artificial way to do what natural foods can also offer your baby.

According to British Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, echinacea may cause swelling of the mouth and tongue, certain rashes even anaphylactic shock. Medical studies have shown that children under the age of 12 should not take prescribed echinacea, because it may cause hypoallergenic reactions.


Echinacea is a powerful herb can benefit us in may ways. It is a good choice as daily supplement. However, we should use it in an suitable and sustainable way.

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