Echinacea in Herbalism and Homeopathy

What is Echinacea and what are its uses?

Echinacea Angustifolia belongs to the botanical family of Compositae, along with a common daisy and a sunflower.

This amazing herb has the ability to activate macrophages- white blood cells responsible for destruction of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens; as well as stimulation of the natural killer (NK) cells which play a major role in our immune system.

Herbal use of Echinacea Angustifolia covers:

  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Flu
  • Sore throat
  • Ear infections (especially if combined with Goldenseal)


Homeopathically, Echinacea is most often used in cases of inadequate elimination of toxins which result in Septic conditions or Blood Poisoning.

It’s well known as a tonic for both blood and the immune system.

Majority of symptoms experienced by those needing Echinacea centre around sensations of shivering alternating with heat and flushes, as well as a profound weakness and prostration.

Clinically, homeopathic use of Echinacea covers:

  • Abscesses
  • Blood disorders and poisoning
  • Canker Sores
  • Carbuncles
  • Diphtheria
  • Flu
  • Gangrene
  • Impetigo
  • Post-surgery and postpartum infections
  • Tonsillitis
  • Infected wounds after animal bites



Jadwiga James MCMA

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