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Echinacea Angustifolia ... the Immune Stimulator

- Dr. Suseela Rufus

     Echinacea Angustifolia is popular as a favorite botanical remedy among our Homoeopathic experts. Echinacea has traditional reputation of boosting the immune system in treating colds and flu and fighting infections. It has also been used to speed wound healing, and reduce inflammation. Many pharmaceutical preparations like ointments, lotions, and mother tinctures are touted, yielding good result. Echinacea is growing in popularity because of recent attention to cancer and HIV infections

      Dr.Clarke has cured a case of septicemia due to vaccinal poisoning, in a man, 45, mainly by Echin. in 20-drop doses. The symptoms were: vitality ebbed; he became so weak he could not sit up; hair fell out; an eruption of psoriasis appeared on extremities extending to body. The disease advanced rapidly: Nails fell off; Left iritis supervened, and then keratitis of the right eye

      Echin. was given, and slowly the disease was arrested ; then gradual improvement and ultimate cure ensued. The report does not mention if the sight of the left eye was recovered. He suggests as a remedy in low typhoid conditions, diphtheria, malignant scarlatina, carbuncles and boils, and in snakebites.

Proving :

      Extensive proving was undertaken by J. C. Fahnestock, with additional symptoms contributed by T. C. Duncan. With one exception the provers were males. The first symptom noticed was a biting, tingling sensation on the tongue, lips, and fauces (compare Acon.) with a sense of fear and pain about the heart. Febrile symptoms, full head, flushed face and accelerated pulse followed. Languor was experienced by many provers, and neuralgic, sharp, darting, shifting pains, offensive flatus and loose yellowish stool. Drowsiness was a very marked feature. The symptoms were < after eating; in evening; after physical or mental exertion ;> by lying down, and by rest. In two provers there was found a diminution of red blood corpuscles after the proving. There is much chilliness (coldness of right leg), and sensitiveness to cold, < from exposure to cold air. Pains in abdomen come and go suddenly, and are > by bending double.

     Dr.Willium Boericke describes Echinacea as a "corrector of blood dyscrasia". Symptoms of blood poisoning, septic conditions generally. He says its action is remarkable in

  • Gonorrhœa.
  • Boils, foul ulcers, pustules
  • Gangrene.
  • Goitre with exophthalmic symptoms;
  • Tendency to malignancy in acute and subacute disorders.
  • Last stages of cancer to ease pain.
  • Venom infection, Snake bites and bites and stings generally.
  • Cerebro-spinal meningitis.
  • Puerperal infections. Tired feeling.
  • Piles.
  • Acts on vermiform appendix; has been used for appendicitis,
  • Lymphatic inflammation;
  • Crushing injuries.
  • Foul discharges with emaciation and great debility.

Bibliography :
  • Wendy Pearson, Medicinal Herbs and Nutraceuticals Research, Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
  • Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India (H.P.I) Echinacea Angustifolia Page No 120
  • Homoeopathic Recorder. xiv. 337, 386
  • By Bonnie K. McMillen, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and Carol J. Mulvihill, Director of Health Services, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • Homoeopathic pharmacopoeia of India (H.P.I) Echinacea Angustifolia Page No 120

Dr. Suseela Rufus, HOD - HMM
Sri Sai Ram Homoepathic Medical College
Tambaram west
Chennai - 600 044
Phone : 044 – 22212850