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Will echinacea boost my immune system?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
The link to the study I mentioned has changed- here is an updated link: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/documents/burn/2006/echinacea-and-the-immune-system--juliet-parker.pdf
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine
In brief: Maybe
Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system".
There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Echinacea when used short term can increase immune response, caution with autoimmune.

In brief: Maybe
Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system".
There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Echinacea when used short term can increase immune response, caution with autoimmune.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Dr. Michael Rothman
Thank
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