Botanical Name

  • Family Asteraceae [formerly Compositae]
  • Echinacea species (especially E. angustifolia, E. pallida, E. purpurea)

Common Names

  • Purple Coneflower, Black Sampson, Niggerhead, Rudbeckia, Sampson Root, Hedgehog, Red Sunflower, Snakeroot, Kansas Snakeroot, Narrow-leaved Purple Coneflower, Scurvy Root, Indian Head, Comb Flower, Black Susans


  • High doses can occasionally cause nausea and dizziness.
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The Energetics of Food: How the Food You Eat Affects Your Mental and Emotional Health











By Justin Faerman

Guest writer for Wake Up World

When considering the health benefits of the foods we eat in the West, we tend to think of them in terms of their nutritional value—the vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates, but in other parts of the world, primarily China, India and the surrounding areas, the health benefits of food are categorized more by their energetic effects on the body and mind.

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