Spokane Medical Research

Pharmacology

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The above-ground portion of E. purpurea contains numerous high- and middle- molecular weight polysaccharides, including arabinogalactans, as well as cichoric acid, inulin, flavonoids, and caffeic acids. The root is especially rich in caffeic acids, including one known as echinacoside, as well as polyacetylenes, alkylamides, alkaloids, and volatile oils [Bauer et al., 1991; Heinzer et al., 1988; Hobbs, 1989]. Which of these constituents is most biologically active remains a matter of active controversy (see “Mechanism”). (more…)

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