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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?

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