(VI) (DM) Echinacea preparation as effective as Tamiflu in early flu cases in large clinical trial / How Can Turmeric Heal The Damaged Brain?
Echinacea preparation as effective as Tamiflu in early flu cases in large clinical trial
(NaturalNews) An Echinacea extract is just as effective as the antiviral drug Tamiflu at speeding recovery from flu infection, according to a study published in the journal Current Therapeutic Research.
The new findings build on prior research which showed that Echinacea acts as an antiviral agent against the influenza virus in vitro.
“Echinaforce Hotdrink has here been demonstrated as attractive therapy for acute influenza treatment with better safety and comparable efficacy profile to the neuraminidase inhibitor Oseltamivir,” the researchers wrote. “Its availability as over-the-counter medicine allows for a very early treatment start, which is central for treatment success with any intervention. Further studies are warranted.”
More effective than pharmaceuticals
For the new study, researchers compared the “gold standard” antiviral drug oseltamivir (trade name Tamiflu) with Echinaforce Hotdrink syrup, an extract made from freshly harvested Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea; 95 percent herb and 5 percent root) and European elderberry (Sambucus nigra).
The randomized, double-blind, multi-center study was conducted on 473 participants who had been showing influenza symptoms for less than 48 hours. All participants were recruited from primary care offices in the Czech Republic and were assigned to either take Echinaforce Hotdrink for ten days or Tamiflu for five days followed by a placebo for five days.
Participants were classified as “recovered” if their influenza symptoms were rated as mild or absent on the evening of any given day. Among patients on , 4.1 percent were recovered after one day, 48.8 percent after five days, and 84.8 percent after 10 days. Recovery was similar but slightly higher among those taking the Echinacea extract, with 1.5 percent recovered after one day, 50.2 percent recovered after five, and 90.1 percent recovered after ten. No statistically significant difference was seen between the two groups in terms of extra doctor visits, use of over-the-counter drugs, antibiotics or “ability to return to normal daily activities.” Patients and doctors reported the two treatments as equally effective.
Similar results were seen between patients with clinically diagnosed influenza and those whose disease had been laboratory-diagnosed.
The rate of influenza complications among those who took Echinaforce Hotdrink was 2.46 percent, lower than the 6.45 percent rate among those who took Tamiflu. The extract also produced fewer side effects, notably less nausea and vomiting than Tamiflu. Some of the participants assigned to Tamiflu had to cease treatment due to gastrointestinal disorders; this did not occur in the Echinaforce group.
“Echinaforce Hotdrink is as effective as Oseltamivir in the early treatment of clinically diagnosed and virologically confirmed influenza virus infections with a reduced risk of complications and adverse events,” the researchers concluded.
One of largest studies yet
Echinacea is one of the world’s most popular herbal remedies, and is most well-known for its immune-boosting properties. According to Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, the new study is one of the largest to support Echinacea‘s use for immune support.
“This is yet another significant human clinical trial that helps to document the clinical benefits of this specific Swiss Echinacea extract,” Blumenthal said.
Echinacea is native to North America and was first used as a medicine by the indigenous people of the Great Plains. It is also known as black Sampson, Sampson root, purple cone flower and red sunflower.
In addition to helping prevent and treat colds and flus, Echinacea has been shown to have antibiotic and antifungal properties. Its immune-boosting effects may also benefit chemotherapy patients and slow tumor growth.
Echinacea can also be used as a gargle for sore throats, or topically for skin problems, insect stings and minor injuries. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
The herb is available in a wide variety of forms, including extracts, tinctures, lozenges and pills.
How Can Turmeric Heal The Damaged Brain?
By Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Turmeric is one of the most versatile healing spices in the world! A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brainâ€™s ability to heal itself. Study suggests a compound found in turmeric could encourage the growth of nerve cells thought to be part of the brainâ€™s repair.
Turmeric compounds such as curcumin, ar-turmerone, Î±- and Î² turmerones, and curlone can help lower the risks associated with stroke and brain.
- Preventing lesions and other damage in cerebral arteries.
- Restoring cell energy production.
- Maintaining levels of protective antioxidant enzymes in the brain.
- Protecting against brain damage caused by free radicals and inflammation.
- Preventing stroke-induced damage to blood-brain barrier.
- Research also indicates that curcumin could help reduce the symptoms and loss of function associated with nerve damage.
People with Alzheimerâ€™s disease tend to have more inflammation in the brain, and curcumin is perhaps most known for its potential anti-inflammatory properties.
But, let us remember that there is no singular magic bullet that can be held responsible for reproducing the whole plants healing power. The whole plant is going to carry a wider range of therapeutic compounds than just curcumin alone.
Aromatic-turmerone is a compound found within turmeric, and itâ€™s this compound that researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Julich, Germany, injected directly into the neutral stem cells located in a ratâ€™s brain. They scanned the ratâ€™s brain afterward, noticing certain parts of the brain were more active after the infusion. And when it was all said and done, these infusions increased the brainâ€™s self-repair and recovery by 80 percent.
Your brain is built from fat. And omega-3 fats are the most important building blocks for a healthy brain and cells. Yet, in the last 150 years, we have seen an unprecedented change in our fat intake. Refined omega-6 inflammatory oils, including corn, soy and safflower oils, have replaced omega-3 fats from fish, wild game and wild plants. Specifically, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in our diets has increased from 1-to-1 to 10-to-1 or 20-to-1, and the effects have been disastrous.
Food That Reverse Damage Naturally
- Cold-water fish, such as wild salmon, sardines, herring, small halibut and sable (black cod)
- Omega-3 eggs, a rich source of choline (a type of phospholipid) for your brain
Extra-virgin olive oil
- Unrefined or expeller-pressed sesame oil (for high-temperature cooking)
- Flax, hemp and nuts such as walnuts, pecans, almonds and macadamia nuts
- Beans or legumes, including whole, traditional soy products such as edamame, tofu and tempeh
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans)
- Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, chia)
- Organic, grass-fed, and hormone-, antibiotic- and pesticide-free poultry
- Small amounts of lean, organic, grass-fed, and hormone- and antibiotic-free lamb or beef (or try bison, venison or ostrich, which are leaner)