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Doctor insights on: Echinacea Purpurea

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What is the main active ingredient of echinacea purpurea extract?

What is the main active ingredient of echinacea purpurea extract?

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

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Is it necessary to refrigerate my bottle of echinacea purpurea supplement?

Is it necessary to refrigerate my bottle of echinacea purpurea supplement?

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

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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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Can I take echinacea while breastfeeding?

Can I take echinacea while breastfeeding?

No: 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

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Is it safe to take echinacea while pregnant?

Is it safe to take echinacea while pregnant?

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

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Is it safe to drink echinacea tea every day?

Echinacea: Like many herbs, the regular use over time makes them less effective. It is best to use it when needed. ...Read more

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Does echinacea every interact with any major prescription medications?

Does echinacea every interact with any major prescription medications?

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

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I give kids daily echinacea and astragalus. Will that boost immune system?

I give kids daily echinacea and astragalus. Will that boost immune system?

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

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Can I use an echinacea tincture for a short time while on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Can I use an echinacea tincture for a short time while on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Be cautious: Caution recommended when taking echinacea with medications that are metabolized by cytochrome p450, such as lexapro (escitalopram). See: http://j.Mp/unbn0t. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use the viridian echinacea root & leaf extract for diabetes and osteoporosis?

Is it safe to use the viridian echinacea root & leaf extract for diabetes and osteoporosis?

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

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Is echinacea safe to take when on levothroxine? I had a full thyroidectomy and am on levothyroxine daily.

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

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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

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

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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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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

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Will echinacea boost my immune system?

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

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What species of echinacea is best for fighting infections?

What species of echinacea is best for fighting infections?

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

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What's your thoughts are on using Echinacea? Does it really work to boost immune system, fight colds? Dose/strength/name brand?

What's your thoughts are on using Echinacea? Does it really work to boost immune system, fight colds? Dose/strength/name brand?

Inconsistent studies: 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

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Is it ok to drink echinacea tea with celiac?

Yes: So long as there is no gluten contamination from processing or manufacturing.
Instant coffee is known to sometimes be contaminated with gluten during manufacturing. ...Read more

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How long does an allergic reaction rash from echinacea last?

How long does an allergic reaction rash from echinacea last?

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

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If I m having a reaction to a flu shot is it ok to take echinacea?

If I m having a reaction to a flu shot is it ok to take echinacea?

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

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Can echinacea cause tingling? When I take echinacea for cold I get tingling in my feet. What could be the cause?

Can echinacea cause tingling? When I take echinacea for cold I get tingling in my feet. What could be the cause?

Not familiar: Personally I have never prescribed ecchanacia. I have never seen a case of tingling that could be suspected due to ecchanacia. I looked up the side effects of this otc product but tingling was not one of them. Therefore look for some other cause of tingling. ...Read more

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Can echinacea goldenseal help with my recurring sinus and cold issues? Are there any risk? So tired of antibiotics and shots

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

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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

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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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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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