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Trying to boost my immune system.Can i take echinacea or astragalus while on humira (adalimumab) for as?
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
7yr old has runny nose, sneezing,congestion can i give him Sambucol elderberry it also has astragalus and echinecia in it.
Should be safe: It should be safe to use, not sure how effective it is ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Echinacea/Melatonin: As long as they are used short term, it is fine. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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