Professional Physical Therapy - August 2017

Echinacea Might Be the Herb You’re Looking For Cure for the Common Cold?

such as runny nose, sore throat, or fever. The study found that participants who drank several cups of echinacea tea throughout the day for five days experienced shorter periods of sickness than those who drank tea without echinacea. Due to the way echinacea interacts with the immune system, individuals on medication that suppresses the immune system should not take any form of echinacea. People with diabetes, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, and any autoimmune diseases are also advised against taking echinacea. The effectiveness of echinacea is helping the herb quickly become one of the most popular holistic supplements in North America. Just be sure you speak with a doctor before giving anyone in your family a new supplement.

Echinacea was a very trendy herb in the late 1980s , but it fell out of popularity as the public went on to the next big thing. However, there are many reasons why this fantastic herb should have a place in everyone’s medicine cabinet. The active substances in echinacea can boost immune function, helping relieve pain and reduce inflammation. While an outright cure for the common cold remains elusive, research from the University of Maryland Medical Center shows that echinacea might be the herb you need to get back on your feet faster. Clinical trials show that participants who took a dose of echinacea via a pill or a tincture right when they began to feel sick reduced the length of their cold by one to four days. Fifty-eight percent of participants avoided experiencing a cold altogether. Echinacea tea is also extremely beneficial in treating a cold. Another study followed people with early cold or flu symptoms, Success Stories


“I first came here after I was having PT at another facility and attending a free workshop to try to understand what I needed to do. My condition at the first facility seemed to just be getting worse. I wanted to avoid having any cortisone shots, but eventually I decided it would be the best thing for me. Between the shots and the wonderful hands-on care I received here, I have vastly “I came in to Professional PT after a right knee injury I suffered at work. I am a professional ballroom dancer, so I need to have exceptional strength and range of motion in order to perform my job. The entire staff worked with Warren Chamberlain

“Thank you, Alex, and Professional Physical Therapy. I fell and broke my collarbone last December, and after months of immobilization, I developed frozen shoulder. My limitations were frustrating and painful through weeks of dedicated PT and guidance, but now I’m nearly 100 percent! I look forward to continuing the instruction and care on my own and enjoying the summer! I’m a happy patient. Thanks to you all!”

improved in my condition. I feel like I am finally coming out of the woods of my pain and am able to function normally again. If I need further attention, I will not hesitate to return.”

Dawn Wilson

“After stupidly falling on ice on my cross-country skis, I could barely walk half a block without having to sit to relieve the pain in my right buttock. My PCP prescribed PT. At my initial evaluation, Dr. Patt diagnosed a sacroiliac misalignment, tweaked my spine, and set up twice-weekly PT sessions with him, Sue, and Amber. From

me over the course of a few months to be able to regain the needed strength. They got creative with various ladder drills and had me on the circle balance board, no matter how bad I was at it. I came in skeptical that PT could make a difference in my recovery, and I was pleasantly proved wrong. I was really able to connect with the staff, and I hope I will be able to see them in the future, just under different circumstances.”

those electric stimulation beginnings to the concluding spine checks, I loved coming to PT. Yes, I quickly became pain-free, but I also enjoyed the cheery environment and knowledgeable, personable staff. Who knew a medical procedure could be so positive?!”

Barbara Ligon

Douglas Dombrowik

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