Echinacea, the coneflower, is a well-researched medicinal plant as well as a popular homeopathic remedy used to support the immune system and fight infections. The active ingredient is available as globules, ampoules or solutions. Echinacea can also unfold its effect as a mother tincture for drops.
Quick Overview: Echinacea (Homeopathic Remedy)
What is Echinacea? Echinacea (coneflower) is a tried and tested medicinal plant. It is mainly used to prevent infections and strengthen the immune system as well as to treat recurring bladder infections. Echinacea can also be used as a homeopathic medicine.
Areas of application of Echinacea in homeopathy: Susceptibility to infections, purulent wounds and boils, tiredness and exhaustion, joint pain, fever
Risks and side effects: The risk from homeopathic remedies is low, but an initial deterioration is conceivable. The possible side effects vary widely with the particular drug. Careful reading of the manufacturer’s package insert is recommended.
At a glance:
What is Echinacea?
Echinacea is also known as coneflower. There are different types of coneflowers, three of which are medicinally effective:
- Echinacea purpurea
- Pale Echinacea
- Echinacea angustifolia
For homeopathic medicines see mostly Echinacea angustifolia and Pale Echinacea Use. The plant extracts are obtained from the whole plants during flowering. Echinacea medicines should be avoided if you have a known allergy to composite plants, which include coneflowers.
D6, D12: potencies, application and dosage of Echinacea
Echinacea is used in homeopathic medicine as a single and complex remedy. The individual remedies include, for example, globules. Common potencies for self-treatment include dilutions 6X to 12X. Other potencies such as 2X and 4X are also available as medicines in pharmacies.
Echinacea is also available as a mother tincture for drops; it is used, for example, as a component of complex remedies. In combination with other active ingredients (e.g. Thuja and Phytolacca), Echinacea is available as a liquid solution or in the form of ampoules. It is used against respiratory and urinary tract infections, among other things.
A typical dosing schedule for acute symptoms is three globules of Echinacea D6 for adults and children up to six times a day. Small children get two globules, infants one. Globules in potencies of up to D4 or ampoules are used to increase the immune system.
Cardinal symptoms (major complaints) for Echinacea
In homeopathic medicine, key symptoms do not (only) designate the most important signs of illness as in conventional medicine, but rather characteristics of the character and appearance of patients. These properties can guide the homeopathic practitioner in selecting the right remedy. In the case of the coneflower, these are:
- pale skin, dry lips
- rather slow movements
- general tiredness, weakness and exhaustion
- Inflammation of the skin, tend to form pus
- Dissent is hard to bear
improvement in symptoms
- heat applications
- Rest, lie down, relax
Worsening of symptoms after/through
- the food
- exertion (physical or mental)
- cold air
Applications of Echinacea
Echinacea acts on the immune, blood and lymph systems in general, but also on the circulatory system. The main areas of application of homeopathic Echinacea medicines include:
- Strengthening of the immune system, e.g. in case of a tendency to infection
- Respiratory infections such as the common cold and bronchitis
- frequent urinary tract infections
- Rash, poorly healing wounds
- purulent diseases and inflammations of the skin such as boils and carbuncles
- exhaustion, tiredness
- insect bites
- joint pain
Side effects and intolerances are rather rare. Typical when taking homeopathic remedies, however, is often an initial aggravation: the symptoms initially get worse, but improve over time. If there is no relief, a doctor should be consulted in any case.
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