Arrowleaf Balsamroot is a good alternative to Echinacea to boost the immune system.
Constituents: Balsamorhiza sagittata roots contain an array of flavonoids including 7-methyl-ether and 6-hydroxykaempferal, inulin, glycans, resins, terebinthine principlesm, and caffeic acids similar to those found in Echinacea.
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Antibacterial and antifungal properties can be found in the compounds of the Arrowleaf Balsamroot and is thought to stimulate white blood cell activity, thereby boosting the immune system with dosing that lasts up to six weeks.
Known Dosage (for Adults)
Immune Stimulant: 1 teaspoon three times a day for up to six weeks
Respiratory Infection: 1 teaspoon twice a day up to three weeks until symptoms are gone
Expectorant: 1 teaspoon twice a day for one week
Michael Moore, 'Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West', Museum of New Mexico Press; 1 edition (August 16, 2011)
Pharmaceutical Biology 1997, Vol. 35, No. 2:Pages 77-83. Anti-Mycobacterial Screening of British Columbian Medicinal Plants. A.R. McCutcheon, R.W. Stokes, L.M. Thorson, S.M. Ellis, R.E.W. Hancock, G.H. N. Towers.
Plant Med 1996 Feb;62(1):65-6. An antibacterial thiophene from Balsamorhiza sagittata. Matsuura H, Saxena G, Farmer SW, Hancok RE, Towers GH.[endtab]
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