Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea
) is a well-known herb used for its benefits relating to strengthening the immune system. The root of the plant contains polysaccarides, which motivate white blood cells to attack bacterial invaders and thus increase the body's production of white blood cells. This process helps contribute to the body’s natural ability to fight infection and is commonly used to reduce inflammation caused by infections. E. purpurea
also contains alkamides, which have been found to assist in inhibiting tumor growth and help control pain.
What Coneflower Looks Like
is a popular perennial with striking, purple-pink, daisy-like flowers. It blooms mid to late summer to early fall---as flower stalks with upright spikes and flowers with petal radiating outwards.
is the most widely cultivated of the Echinacea
species, yet little is found in the wild now due to overharvesting. E. pallida
and E. angustifolia
are much more difficult to grow.
: E. purpurea
has shown to be a beneficial supplement for chickens in enhancing immunity and fighting off Eimeria spp
that cause Coccidiosis
: In British Columbia, E. purpurea
is used as an ethnoveterinary remedy for disease prevention and immune enhancement in chicks. 20,000mg/40g is added to the feed or leaves are chopped up and fed to chicks as free-choice.
Summary of Coneflower-related Research in Poultry
|Volatile Oil||Broilers||0.10%||42 days||Antibody responses to Newcaslte Disease vaccine (LaSota) was uneffected, but improved antibody levels.||S Rahimi et al., 2011|
|Dried Aerial Powdrt||Broilers||5 g/kg||42 days||Improved performance and immune responses||N Landy et al., 2011|
|Extract||Broilers||750 mg/kg||42 days||Aided in the recovery from infection with Eimeria spp.||A Arczewska-Wloseki et al., 2013|