News has been released by The Lancet Medical Journal
showing that Echinacea “decreases the risks
of catching a cold by more than 50%.”
This news has been welcomed by our registered medical
herbalist Luzia Barclay. She explains why this news
is so important:
“I am delighted to hear that scientific research
confirms that Echinacea is very effective in preventing
an infection and that it speeds up the recovery
time,” says Luzia, “in one study the
researchers, led by Dr Craig Coleman from the University
of Connecticut School of Pharmacy even found that
Echinacea taken together with vitamin C reduced
the chances of getting a cold by 86%.”
So, how does Echinacea work?
“We know that bugs in form of bacteria and
viruses are everywhere. It is particularly when
we are run down that we are more likely to get colds
and flu. Children bring all sorts of bugs home from
school, bugs in form of bacteria and viruses are
“Extensive research has been carried out
- since the 1930s - in Europe into the chemistry,
actions and medicinal benefits of Echinacea.
“Echinacea works by interacting with the
immune system. It increases the power of the white
blood cells in their ability to find and destroy
invading bacteria and viruses by about 30 to 40%.
“It also increases the sheer number of white
“Echinacea has powerful anti-viral properties
because it stimulates the body cells to produce
more interferon. This substance is essential for
detecting and fighting viral infections.
“Taking Echinacea strengthens out immune
systems – it really works.”
He also added “Harnessing the power of our
own immune system to fight common infections with
herbal medicines such as Echinacea is now given
more validity with this interesting scientific evaluation
of past clinical trials”.
That’s great news.
For more information about Echinacea, for advice
on its use or to get hold of it, visit the Products pages, or email Luzia Barclay on email@example.com,
or telephone 01258 456223.