The following is excerpted from The Professional's Herbal Formula Handbook No. 14, comprising 93 pages of traditional information and recent scientific data that describes the medical properties, physiological action and therapeutic uses for each of the 24 ingredients outlined in this formula.
Adaptogenic, alterative, anabolic, mild antibiotic, anti-cachexic, anti-catarrhal, anti-dyscratic, anti-exudative, anti-infective, antioxidant, antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-tussive, balsamic, bacteriostatic (anti-bacterial), biocatalyst, calmative, cytophylactic, cytotoxic, demulcent, deodorant, depurative, detoxicant, diaphoretic, disinfectant, diuretic, emollient, febrifuge, immuno-modulator, immuno-potentiating, immuno-stimulant, microbicidal (anti-microbial), mucilaginous, rejuvenative, relaxant, spasmolytic, stimulant (circulatory and secretolytic), tonic, tropho-restorative, vasodilator (peripheral) and viricidal (anti-viral).
Alleviates any general fluids dyscrasia (abnormal or pathological condition) within the blood vessels, tissue-systems or mucous membranes throughout the entire respiratory tract that leads to the onset of various degenerative or debilitative conditions associated with bronchitis, colds, coughs, fever, influenza and various other catarrhal disorders, and eliminates any form of cachexia (state of malnourishment and general debility) throughout the blood vessels, tissue-systems or mucous membranes of the lungs, sinus cavities, bronchial or nasal passages and throat region; reduces any eruptive fevers, including chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rheumatic, scarlet or typhoid fever; removes any chronic upper respiratory disorders that are directly associated with various forms of infectious conditions or feverish states, and removes any infections or chronic catarrhal conditions in the upper respiratory tract by providing increased resistance throughout the entire respiratory system; eases any chronic pectoral states throughout the sinus cavities and bronchial or nasal passages associated with excessive catarrhal expectoration, and acts as a preventative during the onset of any cold, influenza or related catarrhal conditions; displays anti-catarrhal and expectorant properties in order to accelerate and strengthen the functional capabilities of the entire expectoration process, thereby facilitating the expulsion of any excessive gummy mucoid or phlegmatic accumulations from the entire respiratory tract (including the lungs, sinus cavities, throat and bronchial or nasal passages); exhibits demulcent, emollient and mucilaginous properties in order to soothe and protect any irritated or inflamed internal tissues during those conditions involving irritative coughs and various upper respiratory disorders, due to the presence of complex mucilaginous substances (mucins) that are composed of a polysaccharide containing glucose and fructose; expels any excess mucus deposits from the air and lung passages by chemically irritating the lining of the bronchioles in order to facilitate the expulsion of various toxic waste materials, and increases the body's ability to better adapt to any environmental or internal stress by strengthening the functional capabilities of the nervous, glandular and immune systems; exhibits significant antispasmodic, balsamic, calmative, relaxant and spasmolytic effects in order to soothe and relieve any irritating coughs (pertussis) or spasmodic throat conditions, as well as any chronic spasmodic bronchial cough and spasmodic lung or tracheal disorders (such as tracheitis); exhibits cytophylactic and cytotoxic activity in order to provide stronger cellular defense mechanisms against many physical or chemical agents, and displays anti-infective and disinfectant properties in order to promote increased resistance by destroying any invasive or harmful pathogenic bacteria, microbes or viruses that are often responsible for various infectious states or inflammatory conditions; exhibits bacteriostatic, fungistatic, and systemic microbicidal effects against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus spp. and other hyaluronidase-secreting bacteria (due to the presence of fixed (caffeic acid glucoside) or volatile oils (polyacetylenes) and echinacoside glycosides), and displays antiphlogistic activity in order to reduce any glandular swelling associated with lymphatic congestion; demonstrates significant antiphlogistic effects in order to inhibit the formation of certain inflammatory compounds (such as histamine, leukotrienes, prostaglandin, serine proteases and thromboxanes), as well as to reduce any severe inflammatory swelling associated with bronchitis, influenza, colds and bronchial or nasal catarrh by exerting an extremely positive influence towards correcting any blood vessel or tissue inflammation and various other internal inflammatory conditions; exhibits significant antiseptic activity by destroying the vitality of any organized living ferments in order to prevent the onset of putrefaction or septicemia, and precipitates the proteins in any inflamed tissues in order to provide a mildly antiseptic and protective coating (under which the regeneration of new tissue occurs) for the mucous membranes throughout the entire respiratory tract; acts as an effective antiseptic in order to remove any septic conditions associated with tissue degeneration or ulceration, and promotes increased suppuration and a steady toning or restorative impression to the entire glandular system (especially the liver and lymph glands); acts as an extremely effective broad spectrum natural antiobiotic (due to the presence of echinacin), and displays antiphlogistic and viricidal activity (due to the presence of polysaccharides); demonstrates anti-infective activity by inhibiting the secretion of the enzyme hyaluronidase in order to alter hyaluronic acid (which possesses cellular protective effects), and exhibits powerful immuno-stimulatory and immuno-potentiating effects (due to the presence of the water-soluble polysaccharide echinacin B); exhibits immuno-potentiating and immuno-stimulatory effects in order to enhance greater long-term immune potential and overall non-specific systemic immunity (or immune cell activity) and increased immune response (by activating the body's natural defense mechanisms), particularly in relation to the repair and restoration of any damaged or congested mucous membranes throughout the entire upper respiratory tract; acts as a profound non-specific immuno-stimulant and potentially useful immune system modulator to the immune defense system, and enhances the body's ability to become resistant to many viral or bacterial infections by stimulating the production and subsequent activity of several chemical mediators of immunity (immune mechanisms that are not controlled or mediated by antibodies) in order to increase resistance towards various infectious conditions; initiates antibody production in response to the presence of viruses, mold-like bacteria, yeasts, fungi, parasites, tumor-cells and various other microorganisms or invasive agents, and provides greater resistance to these pathogenic microbes and infective organisms by stimulating and strengthening the body's own defense mechanisms (or immune system) and eliminating poor immune response in order to ward off disease; prevents the spread of any harmful microorganisms by enhancing the body's ability to inhibit the secretion of hyaluronidase, which is secreted by various microbes for the purpose of increasing the permeability of the surrounding connective tissue (formerly referred to as the "spreading factor"); promotes the repair of any damaged connective tissue (collagen) by bonding with the enzyme hyaluronidase in order to inhibit its activity, and regenerates any cellular connective (granulomatous) tissue that was destroyed or damaged during certain infectious conditions in order to increase the integrity of the primary defense mechanisms against various pathogenic organisms; promotes less marked leukocytic infiltration into any damaged tissue, and possesses significant protective action towards any new tissue (muco-polysaccharides) being produced by the fibrocytes in the mesoderm layer of the skin (which is responsible for the manufacture of all types of connective tissue, bone marrow, blood and lymph); strengthens the natural immune defense mechanisms by releasing natural sources of insulin (inulin) and enhancing the production of the serum protein properdin (due to the presence of the muco-polysaccharides) in order to activate the alternative complement pathway, which increases non-specific host defense mechanisms such as the neutralization of viruses, the destruction of harmful pathogenic bacteria or microbes, and the increased migration of white blood cells (B-lymphocytes, neutrophils, basophils, eosinophils, monocytes, etc.) to specific areas of infection; accelerates the responsive capabilities of the white blood cells to attack and digest any harmful pathogenic bacteria, toxic immune-complex proteins, and the larger viruses associated with those conditions involving influenza, bronchitis and sinusitis; activates significant and potent immuno-stimulatory effects or activity via the alternative complement pathway by utilizing specific types of polysaccharides that are able to adhere or bind themselves to certain carbohydrate receptor sites located on the cellular surface of the T-lymphocytes (or T-cells) and other white blood cells in various cellular membranes, resulting in non-specific T-cell activation (including the increased production and secretion of interferon and any other system-potentiating compounds), enhanced T-cell mitogenesis (reproduction), increased macrophage phagocytosis (general cellular immunity involving the scavenging, engulfment and destruction of harmful pathogenic bacteria or viruses by specialized cells), antibody binding, natural killer (NK) cell activity, and increased levels of circulating neutrophils (white blood cells that are primarily responsible for defending the organism against harmful invasive bacteria); increases T-cell transformation in order to enhance the cytotoxic destruction of virally-infected cells and the release of interferon (which blocks the replication of both DNA- and RNA-containing viruses or bacteria by binding itself to the cellular surfaces and stimulating the synthesis of proteins in the form of antibodies), thereby preventing the further invasion of pathogens or development of viral infections while stimulating the growth of fibroblasts (in order to increase the production of new tissue) by inhibiting intercellular diffusion and inflamed swelling (due to decreases in hyaluronic acid activity); inhibits any inflammatory response through the use of an extremely complex water-soluble polysaccharide (echinacin B), thereby increasing the integrity of the connective "ground" substance (hyaluronic acid) in order for it to act as a barrier against the intrusion of pathogenic microorganisms into the bodily tissues; acts as a powerful tropho-restorative towards those mucous membranes that are irritated, inflamed or ulcerated, and produces a tightening or binding effect upon the mucous membranes and other exposed tissue in order to reduce any surface inflammation or irritation and act as a barrier against the further spread of infection; increases the proper digestion of various bacterial membranes (opsonization), and enhances the production of healthy new cells or tissues by increasing the levels of fibroblasts; stimulates both blood- and tissue-produced phagocytosis (scavenging of particles by specialized cells), and increases the degree of phagocytosis by elevating the levels of white blood cells; alleviates any septicemia (the presence and persistance of various pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins in the blood) or uremia (retention of excessive by-products of protein metabolism in the blood that leads to various toxic conditions such as autointoxication), and neutralizes any acid conditions in the blood that are characteristic of lymphatic congestion or stagnation (stasis); accelerates the healing process during various inflammatory conditions (while reducing any fevers or feverish states), and acts as a powerful restorative to the entire glandular system (especially the lymph glands); acts as a preventative during the onset of any infectious colds or influenza, and accelerates lymphatic replication and resolution (repair of damaged tissues) during the healing processes; alleviates any congested lymph nodes (accompanied by inflamed or swollen glands), while invigorating the lymph fluids by improving circulatory activity throughout the entire lymphatic system; displays biocatalytic activity in order to enhance greater assimilation of those essential nutrients that are necessary for the increased production of energy and vitality, thereby accelerating certain rejuvenative processes associated with the repair of any damaged blood vessels, tissue-systems or mucous membranes throughout the entire respiratory tract; acts as a biocatalyst in order to accelerate and accentuate the transport of all the other herbal ingredients throughout the entire organism to specific parts of the body (especially the head region), and exhibits powerful antioxidant effects in order to enhance the transport of additional oxygen directly into the cells and tissue-systems throughout the lungs, sinus cavities, throat and bronchial or nasal passages; exhibits anabolic activity in order to accelerate the production of DNA and RNA (which enhances the production of proteins in the form of antibodies), while increasing protein and lipid synthesis in the bone marrow and DNA/RNA content in the adrenals and lymph nodes (along with increased body weight and enhanced re-synthesis of glycogen and high-energy phosphate compounds); demonstrates powerful adaptogenic (balancing and strengthening) activity in order to increase the overall resistance of an organism towards any adverse influences or stressful conditions, especially upon the entire respiratory tract, immune system and both the central and peripheral nervous systems; acts as a secretolytic stimulant in order to promote increased gastric, pancreatic or intestinal secretory and motor activity, and enhances greater peripheral circulation (due to its antioxidant activity); exhibits significant antioxidant effects in order to provide greater oxygen-transport capabilities throughout the bloodstream, as well as enhance the transport of additional oxygen directly into the cells and tissue-systems throughout the blood vessels and mucous membranes of the entire respiratory tract; acts as a circulatory stimulant by increasing the blood flows through the arteries and blood vessels (including the capillaries) of the upper respiratory tract in order to enhance greater nutrient transport, absorption and utilization, thereby accelerating the healing processes associated with the repair of any damaged mucous membranes or tissue-systems throughout the sinus cavities, throat and bronchial or nasal passages; demonstrates significant rejuvenative and restorative properties upon the basic plasma tissue-systems throughout the entire organism, thereby enhancing the production of vital bodily fluids while providing greater enrichment through increased assimilation of the various organic mineral salts; accelerates the recuperative processes that are essential in order to overcome any chronic debilitating or degenerative brain diseases or illnesses, while facilitating greater recovery response during convalescence in order to regain optimal health and well-being; activates the bodily processes of detoxification and elimination in order to cleanse and purify the bloodstream and tissue-systems, and enhances the overall cleansing process by dilating the surface capillaries in order to more effectively remove any toxic debris or metabolic waste materials through the pores of the skin (while increasing the secretion and elimination of urine in order to provide further support to the inner cleansing process); displays alterative activity in order to correct any disordered bodily function, thereby activating increased alterations in both metabolic and tissue functions as a defensive measure against the onset of acute or chronic disease; exhibits restorative effects in order to regain increased vigor or vitality and greater strength, while enhancing normal tissue and metabolic functional capabilities; demonstrates alterative and restorative properties in order to re-establish healthy systemic functional capabilities, as well as to establish greater vascular tone throughout the entire organism (due to its ability to stimulate increased secretory flows); exhibits alterative effects in order to stimulate the anabolic growth processes, thereby enhancing the repair of any degenerated, deteriorated or debilitated cells or tissues (while promoting the elimination of any catabolic waste materials); displays tonifying effects in order to permanently enhance the overall energy-levels throughout the entire organism, without adversely affecting the functional capabilities of any particular organ or system.