Echinacea Purpurea has been attributed various beneficial and positive activities and actions in the body.
The most important and the probably the best substantiated is its effect as an immune system stimulant. The ability of Echinacea Purpurea to enhance and boost the performance of the immune system is well known traditionally and has been extensively documented down the years.
Some of the real uses of this remarkable Echinacea Purpurea, include the use of the herb in the prevention and treatment of the common cold and the symptoms such as sore throat connected to such infections, in such cases the consumption of an hydro alcoholic extract of the fresh or recently dried whole plant - which must include the above ground portion of the herb will be very effective, indeed, this is one of the main uses of the herb.
Based on extensive research findings, the immune system is stimulated by a number of chemical constituents found in the Echinacea herb and these serve to effectively counter both the bacterial as well as viral infections which can easily affect the body at any time. Echinacea constituent polysaccharides are identified as possessing a definite anti-hyaluronidase action within the human body, these acts to effectively inhibit the general ability of invading viruses and impair their ability to take over cells in the body. The bactericidal and fungicidal action of the Echinacea derived compounds known as alkamides is also well known and considered as one of its most important properties. The body’s immune system is in general, very greatly affected and boosted by the Echinacea, the herb is a general stimulatory agent effect on the immune defenses. For this reason, the herb is being seriously investigated as a possible treatment for impaired immune systems in patients down with HIV and AIDS - this is an ongoing research.