Echinaforce® (made from Echinacea purpurea) is a licensed traditional herbal remedy for colds and flu, influenza type infections and similar upper respiratory tract conditions. It helps the body fight the symptoms of these infections by supporting the immune system, thus helping to maintain the body's resistance. Available as drops (tincture 50ml & 100ml bottles) and as tablets (120 tablets)
Echinacea is produced using extracts of freshly harvested, organically grown Echinacea purpurea herb (95%) and root (5%), picked fresh and used within 24 hours of harvest. The benefit of using freshly harvested herbs has been demonstrated in research - extracts produced from fresh plants contain almost 3 times more active substances compared with those obtained from equivalent amounts of dried herb. This is why, when you need a herbal remedy to help you fight the misery of colds and flu, not all Echinaceas are the same.
Drops: Adults take 15 drops (0.6ml), 2-3 times daily, in a small amount of water; children (6-12 years) take 7 drops (0.3ml), 2-3 times daily, in a small amount of water; or as your healthcare practitioner advises.
Tablets: Adults take 2 tablets, 2 to 3 times a day; children (6-12 years) take 1 tablet, 2 to 3 times a day; or as your healthcare practitioner advises.
Do not exceed recommended daily use. Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Do not use if you are allergic to products containing Echinacea. Individuals taking any prescription medications or who are under medical supervision should consult a doctor before using any product.
Each dose of tincture contains up to 350mg of ethanol - equivalent to 8.8ml of beer (less than a tablespoon) or 3.7ml of wine (less than a teaspoon). If you suffer from alcoholism, the alcohol content may be harmful. If you are in a high-risk group (eg. patients with liver disease or epilepsy) you should consider the alcohol content before taking this product.
Drops: Tinctures of Echinacea purpurea herb and root. 0.6ml drops equivalent to 285mg whole fresh plant. Also contains 65%v/v ethanol.
Tablets: Each tablet contains the extract of Echinacea purpurea herb and root equivalent to 270mg whole fresh plant. Also contains lactose, starch, magnesium stearate.
Plants used for A. Vogel products are cultivated according to the strict guidelines of BIO-SUISSE, i.e. without synthetic fertiliser, insecticides, herbicides or pesticides.
All A. Vogel (Bioforce) remedies are produced according to stringent GMP Guidelines (Good Manufacturing Practice) of the European and Swiss Medical Authorities.
Most of the herbs used to produce A.Vogel fresh herb tinctures and tablets are grown using a strict organic protocol in and around Switzerland.
No product testing on animals.
Store in a cool, dry place below 25°C & out of direct sunlight.
Keep out of reach & sight of children.
More Info. on Echinaforce:
Echinacea is a plant native to America, but is now cultivated extensively in Europe. The plants which go into these products, are cultivated organically at herb farms in Switzerland.
Up to 10 species of Echinacea have been identified, but only three (E. purpurea, E. angustifolia and E. pallida) are used medicinally. Echinacea purpurea is considered to be the one most widely researched; this is the species used for the tincture and tablets.
What are the health benefits of Echinaforce®?
Echinacea drops and tablets may be used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and flu, helping the body fight these and other similar infections of the upper respiratory tract.
How does it work?
It works by strengthening the body's immune system - the benefit of this is that the body is able to fight infections better.
Are summer colds different from ordinary common colds experienced during the winter?
No, these are similar infections. However, summer colds may give rise to more symptoms relating to the throat (irritated, sore or tickly throat) because of the prevalence of air-conditioning. Nevertheless, summer and winter colds behave and respond to treatment in the same way.
How do I know if I have the flu?
It can sometimes be difficult to tell. Flu (or influenza) produces similar symptoms to the common cold but these are usually more severe. In addition, you may experience fever, sweats and muscle aches.
Can I take Echinaforce® if I've had the flu jab or vaccination?
There are no contraindications to the use of Echinacea drops or tablets either before or after the flu vaccination.
What about swine flu, bird flu and any other new flu infections that may come our way during the winter?
Swine flu, avian flu (bird flu) and other variants of flu are all infections caused by the influenza virus. Echinaforce® will help strengthen the immune system and relieve the symptoms of these infections in the same way it does with other flu infections or the common cold.
What is a head cold?
There really is no proper definition for the term 'head cold'. It is a commonly used expression usually indicating that symptoms, such as a blocked nose or sore throat, are confined to the head.
Can I take Echinacea when pregnant or breastfeeding?
The use of the herb during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding is not recommended in the UK. If you wish to take Echinaforce® in these situations, it is recommended that you consult a doctor or other healthcare professional.
Although there is no evidence that use of Echinacea by pregnant or breastfeeding women will be harmful, only a few studies have been performed to demonstrate that it is safe to do so. In the absence of more conclusive evidence, the UK Department of Health takes the view that the benefits of using products containing Echinacea herb during pregnancy or breastfeeding are outweighed by the risks.
Food supplements should not be used as substitute for a varied balanced diet & healthy lifestyle.
All information is for reference purposes only. Statements regarding dietary supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition.
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