Iodized echafolta, a pharmaceutical preparation that combines Echinacea and iodine, was marketed by the Lloyd Brothers beginning in 1885. Originally a surgical disinfectant for external use, this form of Echinacea tincture was marketed as a potent yet soothing topical solution with a wide range of uses.
Echinacea are species of perennial plants native to North America that are easily recognized by their flowers, from which they derive the common name “purple coneflowers.” Archeological evidence indicates that Native Americans were using these plants over 400 years ago. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Echinacea was taken orally to to treat scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria. Now considered by many as able to prevent the common cold, heal wounds, relieve sore throats, and reduce coughing, Echinacea is marketed as an immuno-stimulant. Clinical trials have shown some positive effects in lessening the severity and duration of some viral and fungal infections, possibly related to the ability of Echinacea to stimulate phagocytosis.
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Iodized Echafolta, Lloyd Brothers, Pharmacists, Inc., Cincinnati, OH