The Dynamic Duo Echinacea & Garlic Echinacea, the purple coneflower, is one of the best known and most researched herbs with regards to immune system stimulation. The use of Echinacea preparations for:
- Minor infections
- Other ailments.
It is very popular among Europeans and Americans. As an immune stimulant, Echinacea increases the production and activity of white blood cells (WBC), the body’s armor against infections. Echinacea is often likened to an army general that prepares its troops to do battle against the enemy, in this case, bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc.
However, just like a general, Echinacea requires the assistance of a reliable right-hand man (garlic) in order to be effective. As Echinacea stimulates WBCs to attack the bacteria/ viruses, it is supported by garlic which helps WBCs recognize the invader and attack it. In other words, garlic enhances the ‘vision’ of the WBCs. Not only that, garlic itself activates other immune cells such as macrophages and T-cells to fight the invaders. This includes promoting phagocytosis as:
- An immune system booster to fight against infections of the ears, nose, and throat (ENT), sinusitis, colds, coughs, sore throats, and the flu.
- To reduce the incidence of secondary cold-related infections such as tonsillitis, bronchitis, etc.
- Studies have found that Echinacea reduces cold symptoms or shortens their duration when taken at the first signs of a cold. Indications For the relief of symptoms of colds, coughs, and sore throats.