Benefits of Echinacea
One of the main factors that makes it possible for a Candida Albicans overgrowth to occur is a weakened immune system, whether it is caused by stress, antibiotics, poor diet or adrenal fatigue. Echinacea is well know for its powerful immune boosting properties and if used in the correct way will help support your Candida treatment.
Echinacea has been the focus of numerous clinical studies investigating its immune system supporting properties. Research now shows that Echinacea is most effective when used for short periods of time as it has a dramatic effect upon immune system function. Some reports indicate an increase as high as 50-150% over a 5 day course of supplements.
Echinacea works by stimulating the production of white blood cells. These are the cells that are deployed to fight fight off infections from virus, bacteria, fungi and other potentially dangerous invaders. It is more than likely that if you have Candidiasis you have a weakened immune system that will struggle to control Candida. Timing a course of Echinacea to coincide with you Anti Candida Diet Plan could give you immune system the support it needs to overcome Candida.
Echinacea should not be taken all the time as it looses it potency but it should not just be limited to treating Candida either. It is excellent at warding off a cold if taken at the first sign for 3 or 4 days. You may also find that it helps with yeast infections like Virginal and Oral Thrush and skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
How to take Echinacea
You can make an infusion from dried Echinacea by adding 2-3 grams to hot water and leaving it to steep for several minutes. Drink this 3 time a day. Alternatively you can buy capsules, effervescent tablets and tinctures.
Remember not to take Echinacea continually as it losses its effectiveness with prolonged usage. Do not exceed 5 weeks continued use and then make sure you have a break of at least 2 weeks before you resume any supplementation.
Echinacea is not suitable for everyone
Do not use Echinacea under these circumstances:
- You have Multiple Sclerosis
- White blood cell disorders
- Auto immune disorders,
- HIV / AIDS
- Collagen disorders
- Pregnant or nursing
- Do not give to infants
Echinacea Side Effects
In general Echinacea is considered very safe to use although a small number of people find that they experience dizziness, nausea, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhoea or abdominal discomfort. Consult you doctor if you experience any of these symptoms while taking Echinacea.