Echinacea

Echinacea-400x266Also known as the purple or prairie coneflower, echinacea (pronounced ek-in-nay-sha) is a wild flower with daisy-like purple blossoms. It is native to the grasslands of central North America and is usually grown in the UK as a garden plant. The name echinacea is derived from the Greek word for prickly hedgehog referring to the sharp pointed scales on the dried flower heads. Three main species are used medicinally Echinacea angustifoliaE.purpurea and E. pallida.

History of Use

Echinacea was used for centuries by Native American Indians to heal septic wounds and snake bites. History has it that they observed that echinacea was effective against the bite of a rattlesnake, and that it is was eaten by elk that were sick or wounded.
The plant also became a favourite among European pioneers in America and their doctors for treating infections. According to one 19th century doctor writing in a journal called ‘The Gleaner’ echinacea root was used ‘for nearly every sickness with good results’. It was also found to be the secret ingredient in many tonics and blood purifiers of the era.
Like many medicinal herbs, echinacea fell out of favour with the advent of modern antibiotics. But the last decade has seen it grow in popularity and it has become an important part of all modern herbal dispensaries.

Today, Echinacea can be found in tablet, chewable tablet, tincture and syrups. Adults and children can take Echinacea but it is important to check the information leaflet for the correct dose for individual products.

Since April 2014, all herbal medicines for sale in the UK and Europe must be approved by the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) having been rigorously checked for safety and quality. They must also display the Traditional Herbal Registration ‘THR’ logo on their pack.

 

Registered herbal medicines containing echinacea are used today for the relief of symptoms of the common cold and influenza-type infections based on traditional use only.

The following products contain Echinacea


  • HRI COLDCARE TABLETS
    HRI COLDCARE TABLETS
    HRI COLDCARE is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza (flu) type infections based on traditional use only.
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  • Echinaforce Echinacea Drops
    Echinaforce Echinacea Drops
    A traditional herbal remedy used for the symptomatic relief of colds, influenza type infections and similar upper respiratory tract conditions.
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  • HRI COLD & FLU ECHINACEA
    HRI COLD & FLU ECHINACEA
    HRI Cold & Flu Echinacea is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza (flu) type infections based on traditional use only.
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  • Echinaforce Chewable Cold & Flu Tablets
    Echinaforce Chewable Cold & Flu Tablets
    Echinaforce Chewable is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu.
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  • Echinaforce Hot Drink Cold & Flu Echinacea concentrate for oral solution
    Echinaforce Hot Drink Cold & Flu Echinacea concentrate for oral solution
    A traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy.
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  • Herbal Store Echinacea
    Herbal Store Echinacea
    A traditional herbal medicinal product used for the symptomatic relief of minor skin conditions, such as spots, pimples and blemishes. Based on traditional use only.
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  • EKINALIFE
    EKINALIFE
    A traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections.
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  • Natures Aid EchinEeze
    Natures Aid EchinEeze
    Natures Aid EchinEeze is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections based on traditional use only.
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  • Vitabiotics Echinacea Tablets
    Vitabiotics Echinacea Tablets
    Vitabiotics Echinacea is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve symptoms of common cold and influenza type infections. Exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy.
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  • Echinaforce Forte Cold & Flu Tablets
    Echinaforce Forte Cold & Flu Tablets
    Echinaforce Forte is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu. Based on traditional use only.
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  • Potter’s Echinacea Tincture with Elderberry Juice Flavour
    Potter's Echinacea Tincture with Elderberry Juice Flavour
    Product name Potter’s Echinacea Tincture with Elderberry Juice Flavour Active ingredients Echinacea purpurea root Pack size(s) 100ml Permitted claim Potter’s Echinacea Tincture is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza based on traditional use only. Further information from the manufacturer Start at the first signs of common cold Registration holder and address Rutland LE15 8DG THR Registration Number THR ...
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  • HerbalStore – Echinacea cold and flu relief
    HerbalStore  - Echinacea cold and flu relief
    A traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections based on traditional use only.
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