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elderberry

Herbal medicine
A flowering shrub, the flowers and berries of which contain cyanogenic glycosides, essential fatty (linoleic, linolenic and palmitic) acids, flavonoids, mucilage, pectins, resin, tannic acid and vitamin C. It is antipyretic, diaphoretic, expectorant, laxative and a mild stimulant; it has been used as an infusion for colds and respiratory tract infections, and topically for skin irritation and conjunctivitis.

elderberry

(el′dĕr-ber″ē)
A flowering shrub (Sambucus nigra) that produces dark blue or black berries that contain antioxidants. Studies suggest an extract derived from the berries may treat symptoms of influenza or help patients in weight loss.

elderberry,

n Latin names:
Sambucus nigra, Sambucus canadensis; parts used: buds, fruit; uses: common cold, toothaches, headaches, diaphoresis, hay fever, sinus infections, epidermal irritations, lacerations, liver disorders, inflammation; precautions: pregnancy, lactation; bark and leaves are poisonous; can cause nausea, cyanide poisoning. Also called
black elder, boretree, bountry, common elder, ellhorn, European elder, and
sweet elder.

elderberry

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Our assays demonstrated that HerbalScience's proprietary Elder Berry extract is highly effective in blocking influenza infection in an animal cell line, and this blocking is strictly dose-dependent," said Sharon Isern, Ph.
Alberte, "Perhaps most exciting is the fact that the mode-of-action of HerbalScience's Elder Berry extract is not strain-specific -- meaning it is proving to be effective against other influenza viruses and the Dengue virus.
In addition to echinacea and elder berry, andrographis is an herb with pronounced benefits for the immune system, said Blumenthal.
People should be aware of other herbal treatments such as echinacea and elder berry extract.