Acts as a natural antibiotic. It works by stimulating white blood cell production (our body's infection fighters). Echinacea helps to "wake-up" and activate the immune system, and then works to modulate and regulate the immune response. It works as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. It helps to kill infection and to heal any infection in or on the body. Helps in cases of colds and flu, especially when used in the early stages of illness or infection, when exposure to illness has occurred or you think you may have been exposed,or during threat of illness. Helps in cases of mastitis, especially when used in conjunction with Poke Root.
Note: A good quality Echinacea tincture should have a numbing and tingling effect in the mouth. This is normal and is a sign of a good, potent product. The non-alcohol version will not have as much of a numbing effect, simply due to the sweet and syrupy nature of the vegetable glycerine used as the extractant. Echinacea in either form is fine for use by pregnant and nursing mothers. We recommend the non-alcohol for children, however as the regular version would be too intense for them. Echinacea is of the ragweed family. Please be aware of this if you are allergic to ragweed.
This herb should not be taken on a long-term basis unless the illness, threat of illness, or the need is present. Using it when well or if there is no need for heightened immune response can cause it to lose its effectiveness when it's actions are needed.
Note: Always discuss herbs with your doctor prior to use. Use as directed.