With Immunity being especially important for the growing child, Echinacea has fallen under the spotlight as one of the most studied natural ingredients for it’s immune boosting properties and source of rich antioxidants! North America, and has been traditionally used for a variety of health-related complaints, with the roots in particular being studied for their immune stimulating properties.
Echinacea and kids
Oral preparations of this herb are most frequently used for upper respiratory infections and colds – accounting for 10% of the dietary supplement market in the USA! In a 2005 survey, the most prevalent herbal substance given to children presenting for elective surgery was Echinacea.
Numerous clinical studies have been conducted on this herb with multiple positive studies published to date. The German Commission E has approved Echinacea purpurea orally for supportive treatment of chronic respiratory infections, lower urinary tract infections and for topical treatment of poorly healing wounds. These indications are confirmed in monographs published by the World Health Organization.
With regards to children, Echinacea has been recommended with regards to ADHD, influenza, tonsillitis and nasal congestion – to name only a few! In a recent adult study Echinacea reduced the common cold duration by 36.8 hours. In 2007 a study of children and adults confirmed that Echinacea decreased the odds of developing the common cold and the duration of a cold.
We have harnessed the powerful properties of Echinacea for years, and have included it in our immune boosting remedy for children.
- KiddieBoost – The must have of any home - this is our foundation remedy to support a child’s immune system. Echinacea is used in this remedy as an immune system tonic and used to help boosts the body’s immunity by stimulating production of immune cells.
Please note: Herbal preparations of Echinacea should be obtained from your natural health professional or from a reputed source to ensure quality ingredients and correct dosage within the remedy. All Natural Kids products have been developed with care by our practising Clinical Psychologist, are 100% natural and are manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards. Individual ingredients are well-researched and have been specially chosen for their high safety profile in children’s remedies.
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