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Echinacea is one of North America's most celebrated and relied-upon botanicals for mobilizing natural immune defenses. Modern studies have shown that it supports immune resistance by enhancing macrophage activity in vitro. Goldenseal is equally legendary as a winter health botanical. This combination is one of the most popular combinations of herbs in America. Despite its popularity, Planetary Formulas refused to come out with Echinacea Goldenseal Liquid Extract for many years so as not to contribute to the decimation of wild goldenseal populations. The echinacea and goldenseal roots used in this preparation are obtained from cultivated sources only, to insure that future generations have access to these precious botanicals.
Planetary Formulas is proud to introduce a pure echinacea-goldenseal extract, guaranteed to contain 100% cultivated material.
Planetary Formulas Echinacea Goldenseal Liquid Extract unites two of the most widely used North American botanicals, renowned for cold weather use. Echinacea has been shown in laboratory studies to support immune resistance by enhancing macrophage activity, while goldenseal is legendary as a traditional winter health botanical.
While most echinacea-goldenseal preparations on the market include other herbs or use wildcrafted materials, this product combines cultivated Echinacea purpurea root and seed with cultivated goldenseal root, to avoid adulteration and insure renewable supplies.
Research by scientists worldwide is validating echinacea’s many traditional uses. Echinacea’s benefits have been linked to three primary constituent groups: caffeic acid derivatives (including cichoric acid), polysaccharides, and lipophilic (fat-soluble) compounds.
Most research on echinacea has focused on its ability to support immune function, and specifically, to enhance the activity of macrophages—white blood cells that engulf and digest foreign particles in our bodies. Macrophage activity is an integral part of the immune response and of a person's innate general immune resistance.
Goldenseal was used primarily by Native Americans along the East Coast of the United States. Beginning in the 1830’s and continuing for decades, it was cited in such authoritative sources as the United States Dispensatory, the United States Pharmacopoeia and the National Formulary.
Goldenseal’s benefits are primarily associated with its high concentration of the alkaloid berberine.
Concern over dwindling supplies of echinacea and goldenseal led Planetary Formulas to hold off for years on producing this popular winter combination. Wild plant populations have been challenged by the increasing use of botanical preparations in recent years. In the case of goldenseal, this led to restrictions on its export by the Convention in Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Planetary Formulas can now offer you a pure echinacea-goldenseal extract, guaranteed to contain 100% cultivated material. Most other echinacea-goldenseal preparations include other herbs or use wildcrafted materials. Echinacea Goldenseal Liquid Extract is made with 100% cultivated herb material to avoid adulteration and help insure renewable supplies.
Prior to 1970, few people in America had heard of echinacea. Michael Tierra, then a fledgling herbalist, learned about it in an old text.He began using it in clinical practice—and the rest is history. Thirty years later, echinacea is one of America’s most relied-upon botanicals, and Michael Tierra is now one of the world’s most respected herbal practitioners.
• Bauer, R., Jurcic, K., Puhlmann, J. and Wagner, H. 1988. Immunologische in-vivo und in-vitro Untersuchungen mit echinacea-extrakten. Arzneim Forsch-Drug Res 38:276-281.
• Bauer, R., Reminger, P., Jurcic, K. and Wagner, H. 1989. Influence of echinacea extracts on phagocytic activity. Z. Phytother 10:43-48.
• Bauer, R., Wagner, H. 1991. Echinacea species as potential immunostimulatory drugs. In Wagner, H., Farnsworth, NR., eds. Economic and Medicinal Plant Research. Vol 5, London, Academic Pr Ltd., 253-321.
• Stimpel, M., Proksch, A., Wagner, H., and Lohmann-Matthes, M.L. 1984. Macrophage activation and induction of macrophage cytotoxicity by purified polysaccharide fractions from the plant Echinacea purpurea. Infection and Immunity Dec: 845-849.
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