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Echinacea directly enhances the immune system, enabling it to better fight bacteria, viruses, fungi, and tumors. Goldenseal contains several alkaloids which have antimicrobial activity against bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. Echinacea and goldenseal are among the bestselling herb; in the United States. With the overuse of antibiotics and increasingly resistant microbes, this product may be a viable alternative treatment.
The herb Echinacea purpurea, also known as purple coneflower, is native to Midwestern North America. The perennial plant has narrow leaves and a stout stem that grows about three feet high. The plant terminates in a single, purple flower head.
Native Americans used echinacea more than any other plant against skin conditions and illnesses, including burns, wounds, abscesses, and insect bites. It was also employed as a remedy for toothache and joint pains, and as an antidote for rattlesnake bites. During the early twentieth century, an extract of the plant was used as a disinfectant. Echinacea has been designated with the following properties: immune-stimulant; anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and vulnerary (wound healing). Herbalists recommend it as a prophylactic (prevents disease) and to treat mild to moderately severe colds, influenza, and septic processes. The herb is also known as the "king of blood purifiers..
Goldenseal is native to the moist woods and damp meadows of eastern North America. It is a perennial herb with a knotty yellow rhizome and roots that grow slowly, taking three to five years to mature. The dried roots and rhizome of goldenseal contain the pharmacologically active components. The herb is now rare in several areas where it was once abundant due to over harvesting and high demand.
Early medical treatments centered on goldenseal's ability to soothe the mucous membranes that line the respiratory, digestive, and genitourinary tracts. Physicians used goldenseal for the symptomatic treatment of digestive and liver disorders associated with chronic alcoholism. Herbalists usually recommend goldenseal for inflammation of mucous membranes (vaginal and uterus), hemorrhoids, nasal congestion, sore gums, wounds, acne, dandruff, ringworm and cancer. The actions associated with goldenseal are antibiotic, immune stimulant, anticonvulsive, sedative, hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), utero tonic, choleretic (increases the flow of bile), and carminative.
The alkaloid berberine has antimicrobial activity against bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. Amazingly, many studies have found berberine's action against those pathogens is stronger than the antibiotics commonly prescribed. In one study, the therapeutic effect of berberine appeared greater than its direct antibiotic effect against group A streptococci. Therefore, researchers probed the adherence of the streptococci microorganisms to host cells. Berberine blocked the adherence of the streptococci to host cells at doses much lower than those needed to kill cells or inhibit cell growth.
Clinical studies show berberine works as well as antibiotics to treat common gastrointestinal infections (from bacteria and parasites) and stops acute diarrhea by binding the endoroxins produced from the noxious bacteria. Trachoma, an infectious eye disease caused by Chlamydia trachornatis is responsible for blindness and impaired vision in underdeveloped countries. Researchers found berberine was effective against trachoma and conjunctivitis.
Echinacea/Goldenseal Liquid (2 oz)
Echinacea/Goldenseal (100 caps)