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April 23, 2013

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I have previously used Echinachea tea when I start to feel run down or about to get a cold with favorable results. It was recommended to me by my roommate who swears by it. The tea tastes pretty good too, so why not try it when you start to feel sick.

I recently used echinacea flower essence during an herbal medicine rotation. A New England-based manufacturer who compiles data regarding a particular flower essence for 7 years before utilizing it for a certain purpose reports that echinacea flower essence can help with fears of losing control and forces issues to remain conscious for resolution, which is useful in therapy.

Echinacea is such a great herb. I recently discovered that they even make echinacea teas to boost the immune system which could be extremely useful around flu season!

The common cold is very prevalent (just as described in its name- “common”) even in the summer time due to changes in weather. Also, there are many people who use Echinacea to treat the common cold. I learned a little about Echinacea in school and from what I remember we always educated patients that it really had no benefit but that if it made them feel better then they can use it. I am glad to be able to read/hear and learn more about it through the Natural Standard’s database. However, I’m not too sure if I will be thrilled about trying it for myself.

According to the Natural Standard Professional website page for Echinacea, it has a evidence grade B (good scientific evidence) for the treatment of upper respiratory infections (or the common cold) in adults. It has a grade C (unclear or conflicting scientific evidence) for conditions such as cancer, blood pressure control, gingivitis, gastrointestinal inflammation, and skin wounds. Echinacea impacts a variety of the body systems, including the immune and cardiovascular system.

This was such an incredibly informative webinar! I didn't realize Echinacea could be used for would treatment, it is incredible what this pretty flower can do! I'm so glad I listened to this course to man myself with more knowledge for inquiring minds!

I have used echinacea in the past when the "sniffles" come around and have recommended it to friends and family. I did get to learn a little bit about it last year in my OTC class but it was nice to get another more in depth review of this herb and its uses.

I am so glad Natural Standard offers CE programs on natural supplements. As a pharmacist, I get a lot of questions on natural products, and they are certainly not something that was focused on when I was in school a few years ago. It's great to be able to get credit for learning more about these products! Thanks for making this opportunity available to me!

Oh cool! My grandma grows this in her yard, and I never asked what the flowers were. I assumed they were just some sort of daisy. I'll have to let her know she has her own (unwitting) herb garden:)

Echinacea is such a versatile herb, and such a pretty addition to my garden! The flowers are so beautiful, and it makes it so much better to know that it is not only pretty, but has fantastic medicinal value. I have used echinacea for years to prevent colds, and I am looking forward to doing this CE and learning about its other uses!

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