From our Bodywise dispensary we offer the most effective species and parts of the Echinacea plant that are historically and scientifically proven to treat virus’s. Recent research into the efficacy of Echinacea is important.
The many Echinacea products available differ according to species, the parts of the plant used, quality and then finally the dosage. Kerry Bone the chemist and herbalist behind the Medi-Herb brand has spent years researching Echinacea exploring the historic uses and the chemical constituents understood using modern scientific knowledge.
The most potent varieties of Echinacea come from the long history of use by Native Americans who preferred Echinacea Angustifolia and only the root. Their definition of quality was the sensation of tingling on the tongue. In Europe in the 1930’s the Echinacea Purpurea tops were used as a fresh juice.
We now know that the Alkylamides (active phytochemicals) in Echinacea Angustifolia are the most active and potent species and have a stimulating effect on the immune system lasting for 6 hours whereas the Echinacea Purpurea lasts only 1-2 hours. Interestingly, the Angustifolia can slow down the degradation of the Purpurea within in the liver and therefore prolonging the effect of the Purpurea.
Echinacea is mostly associated with immunity around colds however this wonderful herb is also great for auto-immune diseases and the lymphatic system.
The Echinacea is available at Bodywise from our herbal dispensary in a combined form with a higher ratio of the Echinacea Angustifolia to Echinacea Purpurea. We also stock our “Viral Ease” that has the big guns of herbal medicine to treat colds and flu, and while not tasting great if taken at the onset can stop a virus in its tracks.
Please phone us if you would like to order either of these products and we will courier to you with payment by credit card or internet banking.
Ph 03 5468611