Immune Modulating Properties of Root Extracts of Different Echinacea Species
 
   

Immune Modulating Properties
of Root Extracts of
Different Echinacea Species

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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FROM: Zeitschrift Phytotherapie 1995;   16:   157166

Beuscher N, Bodinet C, Willigmann I, Egert D


Purified root extracts from Echinacea purpurea (L.) MOENCH., Echinacea angustifolia D.C. and Echinacea pallida (NUTT.) NUTT. revealed biological activity in different immunological and virological test systems. All three plants exhibited different activity on immunological parameters, such as mitogenic stimulation, production of immunoglobulin IgM and of certain cytokines. An antiviral activity versus herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and influenza virus (A2) was observed. The extracts under investigation also showed an indirect antiviral effect via stimulation of the interferon alpha, beta-production.


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