- any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea whose leaves, roots, and other parts are used in herbal medicine to promote wound healing and enhance the immune system.
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In 1909 the Council examined into the claims made for echinacea.
It is unnecessary at this time to review in detail the alleged field of usefulness of Echinacea.
When boils progress to the stage where they appear about to "point" then stop and do not suppurate, Echinacea is the remedy.
I knew of several very desperate cases, which I think would have terminated fatally but for the timely use of Echinacea.
There is no satisfactory evidence that the claims for any of these substances are any more reliable than those for echinacea.
- Also called: purple coneflower either of the two N American plants of the genus Echinacea, having flower heads with purple rays and black centres: family Compositae (composites)See coneflower
- the powdered root of either of these plants, used to stimulate the immune system
from New Latin, from Latin echīnātus prickly, from echīnus hedgehog
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