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Maybe none: There are a huge number of chemicals in this pretty flower, as in anything else from Mother Nature, but despite decades of work, nobody's convinced the scientific community that it works for any of the things it's supposed to help -- from the common cold to cancer. This is in contrast to a host of other botanicals that do real stuff. Probably this is why nobody publishes the active ingredient. ...Read more
Here...: It's important to note that since echinacea has a short shelf life, you may want to refrigerate echinacea to help extend the time it's effective. ...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
Even though we tend to think of herbs and plants as natural, it does not mean they are always safe, specially for infants or brestfeeding moms. What ever we consume, we are exposing our babies via breast milk.
There is simply not enough data to take the risk. ...Read more
Probably, however...: In one study of 206 women who took echinacea during pregnancy there was no evidence that it was hazardous, but I recommend avoiding all herbs and medicines if possible during the first trimester if possible to err on the side of caution. The safest treatment I know of during the first trimester is homeopathic medicine. ...Read more
Yes: Echinacea might interact with corticosteroids, antifungals, anesthetics, and some antibiotics. It might increase toxicity to the liver if you're taking something potentially toxic to that organ. Keep in mind that echinacea is often used to boost the immune system, and medicines like corticosteroids or cancer medicines (prednisone etc.) are meant to suppress it. Always check with your doctor. ...Read more
Not proven effective: Many "non-medical" supplements, foods, herbs, and techniques are claimed to "boost" the immune system, but none have been proven effective. The immune system is complex, and "boosting" it to make it act stronger is not always a good thing. In conditions like arthritis, thyroid disease, diabetes type 1, lupus, eczema, etc..., the immune system is over-acting and damaging the patient's own organs. ...Read more
Worthless: These are both very serious illnesses. Echinacea has repeatedly failed to show any consistent benefit for the common cold to cancer. It's bad enough to be sick without throwing money away on dried coneflowers. Get with an evidence-based physician in your community who's interested in natural-healing, comlementary and holistic Rx. This could be very helpful. Best wishes. ...Read more
Is echinacea safe to take when on levothroxine? I had a full thyroidectomy and am on levothyroxine daily.
Yes, but: It is worthless. If does not help to treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is a waste of money. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more
I'm a 21 year old male and I have chylimdia I was wondering how long will it take for saw palmetto to cure me? I have also been taking echinacea
Worrisome plan: This germ will stay in your system for quite a while and your immune system may eventually clear it within a year or two. The supplements are like taking a sugar pill-worthless. While you wait, you can infect any girl you have sex with, condoms or not, and they can become sterile as a side effect. ...Read more
Yes, if good quality: A large number of studies show that good-quality echinacea products can boost immune function, esp. What is called non-specific immunity, by enhancing function of macrophages, neutrophils & natural killer cells. Some of the studies are inconsistent but this may be due to the fact that not all echinacea products are of good quality. See http://www. Nottingham. Ac.Uk/burn/parker. Pdf for a good review. ...Read more
None: A few alternative or natural medications have scientifically documented health benefits, but Echinacea is not among them. There is no scientific proof that echinacea (any species) has significant beneifit in preventing or treating infections. Https://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/25668266 ...Read more
What's your thoughts are on using Echinacea? Does it really work to boost immune system, fight colds? Dose/strength/name brand?
Many studies show echinacea modestly reduces cold symptoms while others show no benefit-they've used diff. Varieties ; preparations- see http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/981.Html
echinaforce is one type shown to work. Other herbs are more impressive for boosting immunity, like andrographis ; astragalus. Pelargonium sidoides (umcka) has much better evidence for treating colds. ...Read more
A few days: Rashes from something you ingest typically last for just a few days or less. The bigger question is what really caused the rash. People break out in rashes from time to time, and it's just human nature to blame the rash on something we ate in the last few hours. If the rash is continuing for more than a week, it probably has nothing to do with the echinacea; you should see your pcp to check it out. ...Read more
No: Despite its popularity, some recent studies of echinacea have not found that it helps. Commonly used when people get colds...There is no good clinical evidence for its use. If echinacea does have a benefit, many researchers feel that it has not been proven. ...Read more
No: Nature's got some poisoning plants, but these pretty purple daisy-like flowers aren't going to hurt you. ...Read more
Can echinacea cause tingling? When I take echinacea for cold I get tingling in my feet. What could be the cause?
Can echinacea goldenseal help with my recurring sinus and cold issues? Are there any risk? So tired of antibiotics and shots
Can try it: You can try it. It will help treat your symptoms and is non toxic. Let your doctor know you are using it and if you get worse be checked. All the best, feel better. ...Read more
Given gypsy cold care tea as gift. On the box it says ask dr if you have autoimmune -hashimotos-. Its a echinacea tea. Safe to drink?
For some, not others: This is a complex subject. Some with hashimoto's are th-1 dominant, others are th-2 dominant. Echinacea helps th-2 types ; may hurt th-1 types; a doctor who knows immunology can test to see your type. The amount of echinacea in cold care tea for a few days is unlikely to affect this much. See http://chriskresser. Com/basics-of-immune-balancing-for-hashimotos and my comment for more info:. ...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 more
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