Give Echinacea a break, Please……

I just hate it when a good guy gets a bad rap. We have seen this recently in the local paper and in the 10:00 news. You may remember the report that Echinacea was studied and proved to be ‘no cure for the common cold.’ This does not surprise me, as the medical profession claims that there is no cure for the common cold.

I have been studying herbs for about thirteen years, and I have never read anything about Echinacea that claimed to be the cure for the common cold. Echinacea does claim to be an immune booster. I don’t think people understand what an immune booster is.

An immune booster is a substance that has the properties of cleansing the circulatory systems. Yes, you read correctly: systems (plural) Most of us know about the blood system, and that is important. There is a second circulatory system in the body, and that is the lymphatic system. This is the foundation of the immune system. This system consists of the Thymus, the Spleen, the Lymph nodes and the Lymphatic vessels. This system is the system that takes care of getting rid of the cellular wastes; destroys microbes, bacteria, germs, and other unwanted particles in the body. I lovingly refer to this system as the vacuum cleaner of the body.

Diseases, including the common cold do not appear on the scene in a vacuum. The body was designed to fend off all invaders, and the primary way the body does this is through the immune system. When a body contracts a disease, even the common cold, then the immune system has been compromised.

In the recent study, Echinacea was given to a group of people who were sick. If people are sick, then their immune system is compromised. These people were so sick that they presented with symptoms of the cold. Echinacea is not the herb that I would choose when faced with a client who had his immune system compromised. I would have chosen a stronger herb, perhaps Olive Leaf to deal with the pathogen that was causing the symptoms.

Echinacea is not a ‘warrior’ herb. It is a very gentle herb that cleanses the blood system, is an antidote for poisons, is good for abscesses, boils, and other skin conditions. No where in the historical use of herbs will we find that Echinacea is a good herb for respiratory conditions. This is why I say that Echinacea has suffered a bad rap.

Anyone can make any study say/prove anything. What is important is this question: was the study performed correctly? In this case, using Echinacea to prove curative powers against the common cold was like a baker saying his cake did not rise properly because the toilet would not flush correctly. Makes little sense, right?

A better study would have been to use a warrior herb on the common cold. Or, take a group of people with dirty blood, and see what a course of Echinacea will do.

Holistic practitioners know the properties of herbs, and are able to advise clients as to the correct herb for the particular health condition. Please avail yourself of these very knowledgeable people and regain your health,

Until next time,



About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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