Echinacea, Your natural and non-drowsy alternative for common cold & flu

Oct 1, 2021

Introduction
 

During this monsoon season, high volume of rainfall brings massive flooding in various areas in the country. At the same time, it also increases the likelihood of catching a common cold, flu or fever in this chilly weather. Thus, you may wonder, is there any natural herbal remedy that can help to relieve common cold and flu without the drowsiness that you would experience from some flu medications and cough drops.

What is Echinacea?
 

 

Echinacea or known as purple coneflower, has long been used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes. There are 3 common species used in herbal supplements including Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea pallida.1 Echinacea can be found in various forms such as tea, squeezed juice, topical application or dietary supplement.

Echinacea purpurea as a natural, non-drowsy remedy for common cold & flu.

Echinacea purpurea contains a mixture of various active components that can potentially benefit our immune health. Properties of Echinacea purpurea that can help in relieving common cold and flu includes:2-4

1. Anti-bacterial effect:
Help to protect the body against respiratory infection caused by certain bacteria strains by killing these bacteria strains

2. Anti-viral effect:
Help to fight against viral infection that is causing common cold & flu by inhibiting virus strains from replicating in our body

3. Antioxidant effect:
Free radicals are unstable molecules that may cause harm to body cells when present in excessive amounts in the body. Antioxidant properties of Echinacea purpurea help in defending the body against oxidative stress caused by these free radicals

4. Anti-inflammatory effect:
Inhibit the release of chemicals that trigger inflammation. This helps to reduce excessive inflammation that is causing symptoms of common cold & flu such as sore throat, runny and stuffy nose etc.

5. Immuno-modulatory effect:
Regulate immune system by activating immune cells (i.e white blood cells such as neutrophils, macrophages, NK cells, etc.) to fight against pathogens

Echinacea could be an alternative if you are seeking natural and non-drowsy relief for common cold & flu symptoms. It is a clinically proven herbal supplement that may help in reducing severity of common cold symptoms such as runny/ stuffy nose, sore throat, headache etc. and improvement can be seen in as short as 4 days.5

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References
  1. Percival SS. (2000). Use of echinacea in medicine. Biochem Pharmacol, 60(2):155-8.
  2. Saeidnia, S., Manayi, A., & Vazirian, M. (2015). Echinacea purpurea: Pharmacology, phytochemistry and analysis methods. Pharmacognosy Reviews, 9(17), 63.
  3. Sharma, S., Anderson, M., Schoop, S., & Hudson, J. (2010). Bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties of a standardized Echinacea extract (Echinaforce®): Dual actions against respiratory bacteria. Phytomedicine, 17(8-9), 563–568.
  4. G. Tharun et al. (2017). Phytochemical and Pharmacological Review on Echinacea. Journal of Pharmacy Research, 11(3), 249-256.
  5. Goel, V., Lovlin, R., Barton, R., Lyon, M. R., Bauer, R., Lee, T. D. G., & Basu, T. K. (2004). Efficacy of a standardized echinacea preparation (EchinilinTM) for the treatment of the common cold: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 29(1), 75–83.

紫锥菊,您应对普通感冒和流感的天然剂选择,且不导致瞌睡症状

Oct 1, 2021

介绍
 

在这个季候风的季节里,庞大的降雨量在国家各个地区引发了大规模的洪水泛滥。同时,这寒冷的天气也提升了患上感冒、流感或发烧的机率。因此,您或许正在寻找既能帮助缓解普通感冒和流感,又不会像某些感冒或咳嗽药物那般引发瞌睡症状的天然草药。

什么是紫锥菊?

 

紫锥菊,也被称为紫锥花,一直都被美洲原住民作为医药用途使用。一般使用于草本保健品的品种有三类,包括Echinacea purpureaEchinacea angustifolia、和Echinacea pallida1 紫锥菊可呈现于多种服用形式,例如茶类、榨汁、外敷或膳食保健品。

Echinacea purpurea 作为治疗普通感冒和流感的天然剂,不导致瞌睡症状。

Echinacea purpurea 含有混合性的各类活性成份,对我们的免疫健康有益。紫锥菊帮助缓解普通感冒流感的特性包括:2-4

1. 抗菌作用:
通过杀死引发呼吸道感染的特定细菌菌株来保护身体

2. 抗病毒作用:
通过抑制病毒株在我们体内复制,从而帮助对抗因病毒感染而引发的普通感冒和流感

3. 抗氧化作用:
自由基是不稳定的分子,过量的存在体内或会伤害身体细胞。紫锥菊的抗氧化特性有助于保护身体免受这些自由基所引起的氧化损伤

4. 抗发炎作用:
抑制释放会引发炎症的化学物质。这会帮助减轻过度炎症所引起的普通感冒和流感症状,例如喉咙痛、流鼻涕或鼻塞等

5. 调节免疫作用:
通过激活免疫细胞 (即白血球,如中性粒细胞、巨噬细胞、NK细胞等)来调节免疫系统,以对抗病原体

若您正为缓解普通感冒和流感症状寻求着天然又不引发瞌睡症状的方案,紫锥菊会是您的选择。它是经过科学临床验证的草药保健品,可帮助减轻普通感冒和流感症状的程度,例如流鼻涕/鼻塞、喉咙痛、头疼等,并且能在仅仅4天内看到改善。5

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参考文献
 
  1. Percival SS. (2000). Use of echinacea in medicine. Biochem Pharmacol, 60(2):155-8.
  2. Saeidnia, S., Manayi, A., & Vazirian, M. (2015). Echinacea purpurea: Pharmacology, phytochemistry and analysis methods. Pharmacognosy Reviews, 9(17), 63.
  3. Sharma, S., Anderson, M., Schoop, S., & Hudson, J. (2010). Bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties of a standardized Echinacea extract (Echinaforce®): Dual actions against respiratory bacteria. Phytomedicine, 17(8-9), 563–568.
  4. G. Tharun et al. (2017). Phytochemical and Pharmacological Review on Echinacea. Journal of Pharmacy Research, 11(3), 249-256.
  5. Goel, V., Lovlin, R., Barton, R., Lyon, M. R., Bauer, R., Lee, T. D. G., & Basu, T. K. (2004). Efficacy of a standardized echinacea preparation (EchinilinTM) for the treatment of the common cold: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 29(1), 75–83.

Echinacea, Pilihan semula jadi dan tidak mengantuk anda untuk selesema

Oct 1, 2021

Pengenalan
 

Pada musim tengkujuh ini, hujan lebat menyebabkanbanjir besardi merata kawasan dalam negara. Pada masa yang sama, peluang untuk dijangkiti selesema atau demam juga meningkat pada musim sejuk ini . Oleh itu, anda mungkin tertanya-tanyasekiranya terdapat herba semula jadi yang dapat membantu melegakan selesema tanpa rasa mengantuk –kesan sampingan yang mungkin ada alami apabila mengambil sesetengah jenis ubat selesema dan batuk.

Apa itu Echinacea?
 

 

Echinacea atau dikenali sebagai coneflower ungu, telah lama digunakan oleh penduduk asli Amerika bagi tujuan perubatan. Terdapat tiga spesies yang biasa digunakan dalam suplemen herba, termasuk Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea pallida.1 Echinacea boleh didapatidalam pelbagai jenis, seperti teh, jus, ubat sapu atau suplemen.

Echinacea purpurea sebagai rawatan semula jadi yang tidak mengantuk untuk selesema.

Echinacea purpurea mengandungi campuran pelbagai jenis komponen aktif yang berpotensi untuk memberi manfaatkepada kesihatan imun kita. Sifat Echinacea  Echinacea purpurea yang dapat membantu melegakan selesema termasuk: 2-4

1. Kesan Anti-bakteria:
Membantu melindungi tubuhdengan membunuh strain bakteria tertentu yang menyebabkan jangkitan pernafasan

2. Kesan Anti-virus:
Membantu melawan jangkitan virus yang menyebabkan selesema dengan menghalang strain virus daripada mereplikasi dalam tubuh kita

3. Kesan Antioksidan:
Radikal bebas ialah molekul tidak stabil yang boleh memudaratkan sel sekiranya terdapat jumlah berlebihan dalam tubuh. Sifat antioksidan Echinacea purpurea dapat membantu untuk mempertahankan badan daripada tekanan oksidatif yang terjadi disebabkan radikal bebas.

4. Kesan Anti-radang:
Menyekat pembebasanbahan kimia yang mencetuskan keradangan. Ini membantu untuk mengurangkan keradangan berlebihan yang menyebabkan simptom selesema, seperti sakit tekak, hidung berair dan tersumbat, dan sebagainya

5. Kesan imuno-modulasi:
Mengendalikan sistem imun melalui pengaktifan sel-sel imun (iaitu sel darah putih, seperti neutrofil, makrofag, sel NK dan lain-lain) untuk melawan patogen

Echinacea boleh dijadikan pilihan sekiranyaanda sedang mencari bahansemula jadi dantidak mengantuk untuk melegakan gejala selesema. Ini adalah suplemen herba yang terbukti secara klinikal dapat mengurangkangejala selesema, seperti hidung berair/tersumbat, sakit tekak, sakit kepala dan sebagainya, dan gejala akan bertambah baik dalam masa seawalempat hari. 55

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Rujukan
 
  1. Percival SS. (2000). Use of echinacea in medicine. Biochem Pharmacol, 60(2):155-8.
  2. Saeidnia, S., Manayi, A., & Vazirian, M. (2015). Echinacea purpurea: Pharmacology, phytochemistry and analysis methods. Pharmacognosy Reviews, 9(17), 63.
  3. Sharma, S., Anderson, M., Schoop, S., & Hudson, J. (2010). Bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties of a standardized Echinacea extract (Echinaforce®): Dual actions against respiratory bacteria. Phytomedicine, 17(8-9), 563–568.
  4. G. Tharun et al. (2017). Phytochemical and Pharmacological Review on Echinacea. Journal of Pharmacy Research, 11(3), 249-256.
  5. Goel, V., Lovlin, R., Barton, R., Lyon, M. R., Bauer, R., Lee, T. D. G., & Basu, T. K. (2004). Efficacy of a standardized echinacea preparation (EchinilinTM) for the treatment of the common cold: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 29(1), 75–83.