Echinacea: Nature's Immune Enhancer

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1991 - Health & Fitness - 150 pages
The plant group Echinacea (common name, purple coneflower) is known as a non-specific stimulant to the immune system. A native of this continent, it was highly valued in Native American medicine, where it had more applications than any other plant. Today, research shows clear scientific reasons for its effectiveness. Foster, a widely respected herbalist, provides both a contemporary and historical look at this important herb and its healing properties, and makes a plea for conserving and protecting it in the wild.

A portion of the author's proceeds will go to support Echinacea conservation efforts at the Ozark Beneficial Plant Project in Brixey, Missouri.
 

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Nature's Immune Enhancer

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Universal Remedy of the Plains Indians
2. From Nostrum to Specific Medicine
3. Medicinal Uses of Echinacea by Eclectic Physicians
4. Modern Research and Future Potential
5. Preparations: Past and Present
6. Safety: Risks vs. Benefits
7. On the Farm and in the Garden: Cultivating Echinacea
8. Is It Echinacea? Substitutions and Adulteration
9. A Natural Insecticide for the Future?
10. Chemical Constituents
11. The Evolution of a Name: Wanderings in Taxonomic History
12. Characteristics of the Genus Echinacea: The Botanist's View
13. The Species : Identification and Distribution
14. The Need for Conservation: Is Time Running Short?
Plant and Seed Sources
Bibliography
Index

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