Coneflower: Uses, medicine, Synonyms, Effects, and Side Effects

Coneflower: Uses, medicine, Synonyms, Effects, and Side Effects

Coneflower is native to North America, and commercial cultivation occurs in North America and, to a lesser extent, in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The medically used material comes from wild deposits in the USA.

In herbal medicine, the fresh or dried roots of the plant are used (Echinaceae pallidae radix).

Echinacea: typical characteristics

The pale coneflower is a small perennial plant with short, primarily unbranched stems and basal, narrow, entire leaves. Single flower heads with drooping, 4-9 cm long, pink or pale purple ray florets grow on the flower stalks, up to 1 m high.

The very similar coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) is also often used as a parent plant, but this species is not official in Germany.


Echinacea as a medicinal plant

The root material consists of approximately 5-10 mm long, irregularly shaped root pieces with a reddish to grey-brown surface and longitudinal furrows. The approximately 1 mm thin bark can be seen at the breakpoints.

Smell and taste of coneflower roots

The roots give off a peculiar, faintly aromatic smell. The taste of pale coneflower root is initially faintly sweet and then transitions to a faintly bitter taste.

Echinacea – Application

Pale coneflower has positive effects on the immune system. The plant is used to help with flu-like infections and colds.

Echinacea for colds

These often manifest as a cold (rhinitis), sore throat, cough, fatigue, fever, headache and body aches. By taking preparations containing purple coneflower, the symptoms improve, the duration of the disease is shortened, and the general condition improves.


Application in folk medicine

In folk medicine, pale coneflower is also used as an immune-stimulating agent and externally for poorly healing, superficial wounds.

Homeopathic use of Echinacea

In homoeopathy, the fresh, above-ground parts of the genus Echinacea angustifolia flowering plants are primarily used. These help with feverish infectious diseases and poorly healing wounds and boils.


Ingredients of Echinacea

The root of pale Echinacea contains polysaccharides and alkylamides such as Echinacea and polyacetylenes. There are also various caffeic acid derivatives, such as echinacoside and cichoric acid.

Cynarin is also found in narrow-leaved coneflower.

Coneflower: indication

Echinacea is used for flu infections or colds.

Echinacea – dosage

Pale echinacea or the dry extracts and tinctures of the root are taken in the form of tablets, dragees and capsules. A few preparations only contain pale echinacea, while the majority of preparations also contain purple echinacea.

Coneflower: what dose?

Unless otherwise prescribed, the average daily dose is 900 mg of the drug.


Echinacea – preparation and storage

The use of pale echinacea in the form of tea is not very common.

Pale coneflower root should be stored dry and protected from light.

Contraindications: When should you not use sun hat?

Preparations containing pale echinacea should not be used for existing, progressive systemic diseases such as:

  • leukemia
  • Tuberculosis
  • multiple sclerosis
  • HIV infections
  • AIDS diseases
  • chronic viral diseases
  • Collagen
  • Leukone
  • and other autoimmune diseases

Become applied.

Since the effects on pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 12 years of age have not yet been sufficiently investigated, the preparations should not be taken by these groups of people either.

Other contraindications include Allergies to composite plants and simultaneous treatment with medications that suppress the immune system.


special instructions

If you suffer from frequently recurring infections, shortness of breath or a fever that lasts more than three days, or if you notice bloody or purulent sputum, you should definitely see a doctor.

Coneflower – synonyms

German plant name: Pale coneflower

German synonyms of the plant: Pale narrow-leaved coneflower, Pale coneflower, Pale coneflower, Pale hedgehog head

Latin plant name: Echinacea pallida

Latin synonyms of the plant: Echinacea pallida NUTT., Brauneria pallida, Rudbeckia pallida

German drug name: pale coneflower root

German synonyms of the drug: pale hedgehoghead root, pale coneflower root, coneflower root, Echinaceae pallida root, echinacea root, pale-colored narrow-leaved coneflower root

Latin drug name: Echinaceae pallidae radix

Latin synonyms of the drug: Radix Echinaceae pallidae

Englischer Name: Pale coneflower root, Black Sampson root (Droge); Coneflower, Pale Cone Flower, Pale purple coneflower, Pale echinacea (Pflanze)

Plant family Latin: Asteraceae

Plant family German: Asteraceae


Echinacea – effect

The immune-stimulating effect of pale coneflower could not be assigned to a single active ingredient so far; the overall effect is probably based on the totality of the root ingredients. Clinical studies have shown that taking Echinacea preparations significantly shortens the disease’s duration and improves the patients’ general condition.

Echinacea: side effects

In rare cases, hypersensitivity reactions such as

Come. There are currently no known interactions with other agents. Please note the information under “Contraindications”.

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