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Michael T. Murray, in his book The Healing Power of Herbs, does a marvelous treatise on the seven most important constituents of plants from the Echinacea group. He includes in his research both angustifolia and purpurea along with others that I have never heard of. I would highly recommend this chapter and the entire book. It describes only a small group of herbs but it is both thorough and scientific. Echinacea contains vitamins A, C, and E (this is somewhat unusual in herbs), calcium, iron, iodine (making it a great thyroid herb), potassium, and sulfur. Echinacea is also an excellent herb to use in the recovery stage of an illness, especially since we can no longer obtain that wonderful herb Ma Huang. Echinacea is particularly useful in wound healing. Echinacea was considered in some tribal traditions to be an antidote for snake bites.
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