Echinacea angustifolia, commonly known as Purple Coneflower, is a perennial, in the daisy family, Asteraceae. Growing up to 3 feet tall, they are found through-out eastern and central North America, in moist to dry conditions and open wooded areas.
Echinacea Angustifolia is said to promote tissue regeneration. It is considered an “alterative,” an herb that gradually converts an unhealthy organ condition to a healthy organ and gradually facilitates beneficial changes in body.
Considered an antifungal, Echinacea Angustifolia is said to be effective against vaginal yeast infections, such as Candida , and other fungal infections. This species of Echinacea is specifically thought to be effective against trichomoniasis, the vaginal infection caused by Trichomonas vaginalis, a single-cell protozoan parasite.
The potential applications of Echinacea angustifolia in wound healing are unlimited. The really exciting news being that this is only one herbal medicine with potential as a wound healing agent. There are many others. Calendula officinalis, Commiphora molmol and Achillea millefolium are three that quickly spring to mind. Herbal medicine is a treasure trove for all who are seeking solutions to the current predicament. It is time practitioners of phytotherapy start taking advantage of all that we have available, and perhaps teach the Allopaths a trick or two.
When one examines the historical use of Echinacea angustifolia, both amongst the Native Americans and the Eclectic physicians, one finds it hailed as the preferred wound healing agent. Initially the Native Americans applied the agent in the form of a poultice to fresh wounds, burns, venomous bites, and infected wounds. Later, the Eclectics used tinctures of Echinacea angustifolia topically and internally to prevent infection and to speed the healing of wounds. Prior to the age of antibiotics, Echinacea angustifolia was deemed a reliable and effective wound-healing agent.
More than just preventing bacterial infection, Echinacea angustifolia stimulates the healing process itself, reduces inflammation, and decreases pain. As topical antibiotics merely prevent bacterial infection, you can see why some considered Echinacea angustifolia to be a superior wound healing agent.