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Doctor insights on: Echinacea Purpurea Root Medication

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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

Purpura (Definition)

Purpura are non blanching red or purple spots caused by bleeding beneath the skin. The spots do not blanch with pressure. They can be caused by platelet disorders, coagulation disordes, vascular ...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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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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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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1 small red purpura on leg no itch. Lab = drug reaction. Doc says senile purpura. Now rust color, Same dx? Daily aspirin. Platelets MVP CBC normal.

1 small red purpura on leg no itch. Lab = drug reaction. Doc says senile purpura. Now rust color, Same dx? Daily aspirin. Platelets MVP CBC normal.

Not a disease: An isolated purpuric patch in someone taking aspirin is not a cause for concern. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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?

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'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