Can an Echinacea and Goldenseal (Golden Seal) herb supplement enhance your immunity and kill bacteria and fungus? The clinical information below observes of Echinacea: "Echinacea purpurea preparations (EPs) have been traditionally used for the treatment of various infections and also for wound healing." Goldenseal is widely used for immunity as well. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center says: '...goldenseal is used by patients to treat a variety of ailments including common cold, fever, infections, heart conditions, constipation, and muscle spasms." The information also stated that Goldenseal 'extract was the most active in inhibiting the growth of H. pylori ' ( a common cause of stomach ulcers). Of course, you want to consult a healthcare practitioner if you or your loved ones have a respiratory infection, trouble breathing, or a cough that does not go away. After that, Echinacea and Goldenseal combination can form a valuable part of your family's natural home remedies kit. You don't have to wait to catch a cold to use this combination. Along with nutrition and lifestyle, you and your family can be proactive in cold and flu (or back-to-school) season to ensure that your family's immune function is the best it can be! Remedy's Echinacea Purpurea & Gondenseal (Golden Seal) combination is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
It has been said of Echinacea that the only time it does not work is when one does not take enough! The clinical study 'Immune enhancing effects of Echinacea purpurea root extract by reducing regulatory T cell number and function' states: 'Echinacea purpurea preparations (EPs) have been traditionally used for the treatment of various infections and also for wound healing. Accumulating evidence suggests their immunostimulatory effects.'
Plainly speaking, Echinacea was found to have properties that stimulate the immune system. The clinical study 'Enhancement of Innate and Adaptive Immune Functions by Multiple Echinacea Species' states: ''The most consistent result identified by the majority of studies so far indicates that Echinacea has nonspecific immunomodulatory properties through the activation of innate immune cells."(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2362099/). Simply stated, science is confirming that the use of Echinacea for supporting the body's immune systems is a valid option.
Goldenseal has been widely used for immunity as well. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) observes: 'Historically, Native Americans have used goldenseal for various health conditions such as skin diseases, ulcers, and gonorrhea. Currently, folk or traditional uses of goldenseal include colds and other respiratory tract infections, infectious diarrhea, eye infections, vaginitis (inflammation or infection of the vagina), and occasionally, cancer. It is also applied to wounds and canker sores and is used as a mouthwash for sore gums, mouth, and throat.'
The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center states of Goldenseal: '...goldenseal is used by patients to treat a variety of ailments including common cold, fever, infections, heart conditions, constipation, and muscle spasms. Primary active components are hydrastine, berberine, and canadine. Among several herbs tested in vitro, goldenseal extract was the most active in inhibiting the growth of H. pylori (1). Studies done on berberine indicate that it has antimicrobial property (3); and inhibits the growth and induces apoptosis in certain cancer cells (2) (4) (6). Clinical studies are lacking.' (http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/goldenseal)
Remedy's Echinacea Purpurea & Goldenseal Combination makes a common-sense addition to your family's natural home remedies kit, especially in cold and flu season.