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Echinacea Leaves

Echinacea Leaves

Echinacea Leaves

You know, echinacea might be a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it's a tonic that, when taken by mouth, can cleanse and purify the body. But on the other hand, the evidence says no, it won't actually "cure" the common cold. It's pretty much the perfect anti-cold medicine for people who want to avoid going to the doctor, though.Echinacea, commonly known as purple coneflower, is an herbaceous perennial plant with four species and six varieties all indigenous to North America. This popular plant has been used in perennial gardens for over 200 years and is widely known. It has also been used historically in North America by indigenous people as a medicinal herb. It’s also used as wild edible food and provides nutrition in addition to many health benefits. Echinacea comes from the Greek word "echinos" meaning hedgehog in reference to the spiny center cone.

Echinacea

Echinacea /ˌɛkɪˈneɪʃiÉ™/ is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. It has ten species, which are commonly called coneflowers. They are found only in eastern and central North America, where they grow in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming in summer. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἐχá¿–νος (ekhinos), meaning "sea urchin", due to the spiny central disk. These flowering plants and their parts have different uses. Some species are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers. Two of the species, E. tennesseensis and E. laevigata, are listed in the United States as endangered species. According to Cancer Research UK, "There is no scientific evidence to show that echinacea can help treat, prevent or cure cancer in any way.

Some therapists have claimed that echinacea can help relieve side effects from cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but this has not been proven either.The European Herbal Medicinal Products Committee (HMPC) and the UK Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (HMAC) recommended against the use of Echinacea-containing products in children under the age of 12. Manufacturers re-labelled all oral Echinacea products that had product licenses for children with a warning that they should not be given to children under 12 as a precautionary measure.Some people also believe that echinacea tea can alleviate pain, prevent cancer, improve mental health, and relieve skin problems. But the scientific community does not agree on the benefits of echinacea tea and some have expressed concerns regarding echinacea's side effects. (Source: www.verywellfit.com)

 

 

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