5Mar

Benefits, contraindications and use of Echinacea

Echinacea is a well-known and widely used plant, the medicinal properties of which were known to our ancient ancestors. Especially popular is the tincture of echinacea. But is it really appropriate to use it? Are such a plant useful and tincture?

Echinacea flowers

Echinacea flowers

Table of contents:

  1. What is this plant?
  2. Composition
  3. Use of the plant
  4. Contraindications
  5. Tincture of Echinacea: Instruction
  6. How to prepare tincture?

What is this plant?

Today Echinacea can be found in many gardens. These are bright orange flowers that can not help attracting attention. If you study a photo, you can see a large convex core and elongated beautiful petals surrounding it. But they appreciate Echinacea not for appearance, but for unique healing properties.

The native land of Echinacea is considered to be North America, and Indians of this area have long understood that the use of plants can relieve various ailments. He was appreciated by Christopher Columbus, who discovered America and, of course, could not help taking advantage of the gifts of her nature. In Europe, the plant was only recognized in the 17th century.

Tincture of echinacea appeared not so long ago, namely in the last century, when phytotherapy began to develop. Alcohol, which is used for cooking, allows you to preserve all the medicinal properties of the plant. By the way, you can use all parts of the plant, they are all very useful.

The plant contains many useful elements

The plant contains many useful elements

Composition

Bright flowers, the beauty of which can be appreciated in the photo, are not only beautiful, but also contain a lot of useful things. There are organic acids, polysaccharides, flavonoids, alkylamides, lipids, saponins, glycosides, resins, tannins, phytosterols, betaine, inulin. Mineral substances and various macro and macro elements are included in the composition: iron, chlorine, molybdenum, potassium, calcium, selenium, manganese, cobalt, chlorine, vanadium, barium, nickel, magnesium and many others. It is thanks to this composition that the use of Echinacea based products is so beneficial for health.

Use of the plant

We list the useful properties of this unique plant, which we all saw in photos or in life:

  • For a long time and practically everyone knows the immunostimulating properties of this plant. Their scientists explain that some substances and components of the composition can stimulate the production of leukocytes and improve their quality. And leukocytes are real protective blood cells that detect foreign cells and destroy them.
  • This is an effective and powerful natural antioxidant that protects healthy cells of the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. The latter, by the way, destroy cells and trigger the aging of tissues, and also prevent the growth of malignant cells.
    Echinacea has many healing properties

    Echinacea has many healing properties

  • Even the ancient Echinacea Indians used to excrete poisons after bites of insects and snakes. And such an application is advisable, since poisonous substances, toxins and slags are actually excreted from the body naturally.
  • This is an excellent antiviral natural remedy that helps the body cope with colds and various infections.
  • Before antibiotics appeared, their function was performed by this plant. Antibiotic properties allow the use of echinacea to control pathogenic organisms, such as staphylococci, streptococci, E. coli and so on.
  • Echinacea tincture can be used as an effective antifungal agent.
  • The plant has an anti-inflammatory effect. Moreover, the use is effective in inflammation of almost any tissues and organs: mucous membranes, female genital organs, respiratory organs, skin and so on.
  • It is believed that the means based on such a plant can slow down the growth of cancer cells, so they are used as part of complex therapy in the treatment of cancer.

These are useful properties of this unique plant.

Contraindications

We list the contraindications for use:

  • Severe chronic diseases at the stage of exacerbation. In this case, a visit to the doctor is mandatory.
  • Problems in the work of the immune system, autoimmune diseases( vasculitis, systemic lupus erythematosus).
  • Diabetes mellitus.
  • Pregnancy and lactation period.
  • Child's age( up to 12 years).
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Individual intolerance.
  • Receiving immunomodulators and other drugs to stimulate the immune system.
  • Severe liver disease.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Some diseases of the cardiovascular system, such as ischemia, hypertension, heart failure.
  • It is necessary to exercise caution in the presence of neurological problems and with nervous disorders.
  • Sclerosis.
  • Some blood diseases.

Tincture of Echinacea: Instruction

There are many tools based on Echinacea, but most commonly used tincture. You can buy it at any pharmacy. Let's talk about the application in more detail.

Tincture of Echinacea

Tincture of Echinacea

Indications and contraindications

Indications for use are:

  1. prevention and treatment of acute respiratory infections and infections, as well as influenza;
  2. strengthening of immunity;
  3. Inflammatory or infectious diseases of the oral cavity( stomatitis, gingivitis);
  4. respiratory diseases;
  5. infection of the genitourinary system;
  6. some gynecological diseases;
  7. damage and inflammation of the skin: wounds, ulcers and so on.

Contraindications are the same as in the case of other agents based on this medicinal plant.

Methods of application and dosage

It should be noted immediately that the exact dosage should be set by the doctor after a comprehensive examination. He will give recommendations on the reception.

In the instructions for the use of Echinacea, several ways of reception can be found:

  1. Before applying the tincture, consult a doctor

    Before applying the tincture, you should consult a doctor

    For colds or respiratory diseases, a two- or three-time intake of the tincture is prescribed. A single dose is from 5 to 15 drops. To achieve a more rapid effect, the doctor in the first two or three days can recommend increasing the frequency of taking up to five or even six times.

  2. For infections of the urinary tract or digestive system on the first day you need to take 40 drops at a time, and after two hours another 20. On the second and subsequent days, it is recommended to take twenty drops.
  3. For external use( for example, with ulcers, boils), you can make lotions or compresses. Tincture of Echinacea in this case dissolves in a 9% solution of sodium chloride( that is, in saline solution).100 ml of the solution requires 20 to 50-60 drops.

When ingested, the tincture of Echinacea dissolves in water, but in small amounts. It is best to take the remedy before meals.

The duration of treatment is determined by the doctor, but it can not exceed 6-8 weeks.

Side effects of

There are some side effects:

  • dizziness;
  • digestive problems: bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence, vomiting or nausea;
  • fever, chills;
  • is an allergy that manifests itself more often in the form of rashes, burning and itching.

Such reactions do not occur often.

Overdose

Overdose may include symptoms such as increased excitability, headaches, digestive disorders. When the dose is exceeded, gastric lavage is indicated.

How to cook tincture?

The tincture can be prepared at home. Here's what you need:

  • 50-70 grams of dried raw materials( or approximately 200-220 grams of fresh);
  • 1 liter of vodka.

The raw material means all parts of the plant that can be seen on the photo: flowers, roots and stems. Vodka must necessarily be of high quality, but instead you can take alcohol and dilute it with water( the same amount).

It is not difficult to cook the tincture yourself

Self-cooking tincture is easy

Preparation:

  1. Place the raw material in a container. It is best to take a glass jar or bottle with darkened glasses and a tightly closed plug or lid.
  2. Pour the vodka.
  3. Close the container and put it in a cool and dark place for two, preferably three weeks.
  4. Strain the liquid and take it.

Health to you and your loved ones!

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