Effect of Echinacea purpurea on physical work performance under the influence extreme cold

Written by Khasina E.I., Fisenko V.M.

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Background. One of the physical work performance prevention ways under the influence of cold is the use of herbal remedies having the adaptogenic effect. Methods. For the experimental study of the frigostaible and actoprotective effects of a tincture Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench under cold load used screening model “endless rope”. Results. Intragastric introduction of lyophilized preparation at a dose 4 mg/kg has increased duration of physical work until absolute fatigue. Echinacea exhibited energy-saving effect under the cold stress and hindered exhaustion of glycogen, adenosine triphosphate and creatine phosphate reserves in liver and skeletal muscles. Conclusions. Preliminary administration of Echinacea prior to local and common cold exposure normalized physical activity and metabolic status. Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench can be used as a adaptogenic remedy for rapid and effective adaptation to cold impact of environment.

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E.I. Khasina1, V.M. Fisenko2
1 V.L. Komarov Gornotayozhnaya Station FEB RAS (26 Solnechnaya St. Gornotayozhnoye village, Ussuriysk district 692533 Russian Federation),
2 Far Eastern Interregional Educational Centre Federal Penitentiary Service RF (5a Tselinnaya St. Ussuriysk 692519 Russian Federation)

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