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Trying to boost my immune system.Can i take echinacea or astragalus while on humira (adalimumab) for as?

Trying to boost my immune system.Can i take echinacea or astragalus while on humira (adalimumab) for as?

Humira (adalimumab) and herbs: Yes, however, there is no scientific data that these herbs will do anything. A healthy diet is the best way to boost your immune system. ...Read more

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How long should it take for my astragalus, echinechea, eyebright, propilis, and bilberry supplements to work?

How long should it take for my astragalus, echinechea, eyebright, propilis, and bilberry supplements to work?

Supplements: Since these are herbal medication, they are not as highly regulated and studied. Onset of action will vary significantly and will depend on the reason you are taking this particular mix of herbals. ...Read more

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Does echinacea help suppress herpes?

Does echinacea help suppress herpes?

Has been used altern: Echinacea has been recommended by practitioners of alternative medicine as a preventive therapy for herpes simplex infection and they feel it has some antiviral properties but standard treatment is with antiviral drugs and echinacea may be used along with the standard therapy you can not use if you suffer from auto immune disease, if pregnant and on immunosuppressive therapy. ...Read more

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Does astragalus boost immune systems?

Does astragalus boost immune systems?

Astragalus: Astragalus has been used in traditional chinese medicine for centuries. Its main use has been to boost the body's immune system. But it also has been used to treat other conditions, including heart disease. That raises the question of exactly what heart benefits astragalus might offer. And if it does offer heart benefits, are there side effects you should know about? ...Read more

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Can I take echinacea on immunosuppressant?

Can I take echinacea on immunosuppressant?

Probably not: Echinacea is itself a mild immunosuppressant so it is not a good idea to combine it with prescribed immunosupressants. You should discuss this question with the physician who prescribed these immunosuppressive medications. ...Read more

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Does echinacea work against the common cold?

Does echinacea work against the common cold?

Probably not much: There is some german literature that shows minor benefit. ...Read more

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Will echinacea work if you already have a cold?

Will echinacea work if you already have a cold?

Echinacea: Echinacea is an herb that has been touted to enhance immunity and help prevent or treat a cold. No formal studies have been published to validate its effects. So take it at your risk. ...Read more

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Can I take echinacea while on immunosuppressant?

Yes.: However, taking echinacea for an extended period may itself cause some immune dysfunction. So only take it for short periods of time. ...Read more

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Any ideas why I might be reacting oddly to echinacea?

Any ideas why I might be reacting oddly to echinacea?

What is oddly?: Echinacea is an herb. Herbs can be allergenic, so your symptoms could be allergy related. If you are experiencing rash, shortness of breath, or hives i'd recommend stopping it immediately and seeking medical care now. Other symptoms could be related to echinacea's established effects on the immune system. I'd recommend not taking it for longer than 7 to 10 days. ...Read more

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What form of echinacea is better to take: capsules or liquid?

What form of echinacea is better to take: capsules or liquid?

Tinctures: Most herbalists believe that tinctures are FAR better, esp. tinctures made from the fresh plant before it is dried. See http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20251749,00.html for a more detailed explanation and http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20410256,00.html for recommended brands. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take echinacea if I am taking 20mg of xarelto every day?

Is it ok to take echinacea if I am taking 20mg of xarelto every day?

No: Not only will echinacea not do you any good, it may interfere with xareltao. Do not take any medications, herbals, over the counter drugs, nutritional supplements or street drug without discussing with the doctor who prescribed xarelto. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What is echinacea?

What is echinacea?

Echinacea: Echinacea is the name for a group of flowers in the daisy family. It's sold as an herbal supplement to prevent or cure illness - however, there is no conclusive evidence showing it to be any more potent than placebo. ...Read more

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Can you give a child under 5 years echinacea?

Can you give a child under 5 years echinacea?

Echinacea: Probably, but there is no published reputable dosage published for children that would meet fda standards. The nih published a controlled, double-blind study a few yrs ago (nejm) that showed that echinacea was no better than placebo for bolstering immune function or treating viral upper respiratory infections. That said, placebo is pretty good for most folks! ...Read more

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Can you tell me when should I stop taking echinacea?

Can you tell me when should I stop taking echinacea?

Echinacea: Based on the current literature, it appears that prophylactic echinacea does not have a significant impact on the frequency, severity, or duration of upper respiratory infection. The data regarding treatment of upper respiratory infection appear to support a modest positive effect. As such, it is reasonable to stop taking echinacea after cold symptoms abate. ...Read more

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How much time should my break from taking echinacea pills be?

How much time should my break from taking echinacea pills be?

Echinacea: Based on the current literature, it appears that prophylactic echinacea does not have a significant impact on the frequency, severity, or duration of upper respiratory infection. The data regarding treatment of upper respiratory infection appear to support a modest positive effect. Based on this, a reasonable length of break would be the time between colds. ...Read more

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Does echinacea help neuropathy ?

Does echinacea help neuropathy ?

No supporting : Evidence. There is no supporting evidence to suggest efficacy. Best way to help neuropathy, or slow progression really, is to control underlying issues causing the neuropathy. ...Read more

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Could echinacea cause infertility?

Could echinacea cause infertility?

No such evidence: I am not aware of such a relationship. ...Read more