The body produces an increased temperature as a reaction to the infection. The fever should not be suppressed because it is a healing response.
The more interferon our body cells produce, the better we are able to prevent viral infections.
Echinacea is one of the most potent remedies that stimulate our body cells to produce more of this vital interferon.
Research has shown that Echinacea boosts the activity and function of cells which are called Natural Killer (NK) cells.
Our immune system constantly fights killer cells
In September 2009 the Imperial College London scientists discovered the master gene that causes stem cells to turn into ‘disease-fighting NK cells’. (called E4bp4).
The immune system is “Frontline defence against tumours, viruses and bacterial infections”
“Natural killer cells – a type of white blood cell – are a major component of the body’s innate, quick-response immune system.
"They provide a fast frontline defence against tumours, viruses and bacterial infections, by scanning the human body for cells that are cancerous or infected with a virus or bacterial pathogen, and killing them.
"NK cells – along with all other types of blood cell, both white and red – are continuously generated from blood stem cells in the bone marrow over the course of a person’s lifetime”
Source: Imperial College London news release, 15 Sept 2009
What does this mean?
This shows that by using natural remedies like Echinacea we help to prevent illness by boosting and strengthening our own healing power (the immune system).
Can bacteria develop resistance? (as with antibiotics)
Whilst we know that bacteria develop resistance to pharmaceutical antibiotics. The best advice is to use them only as a last resort, to retain effectiveness in emergencies.
More and more people are becoming aware of the fact that bacteria develop resistance to pharmaceutical antibiotics.
Echinacea, like other natural immune boosting remedies are complex compounds, which makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for bacteria to develop resistance.
What does this mean?
Natural remedies contain a very large range of active ingredients which all work in synergy.
Pharmaceutical antibiotics contain one single known active ingredient and thus are quite easy for bacteria to develop resistance against.
Are all Echinacea remedies
When choosing an Echinacea remedy the quality is of paramount importance.