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Echinacea (alternative medicine) for prevention of Common Cold in healthy Adults

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  • Prevention with Echinacea extract (Purple coneflower). 10 studies conducted, with 1,822 adults. May prevent only 1 in 10 cold cases. Mild side effects, rash pretty common. Dangerous for people with allergy or asthma, and not recommended for long periods of time.



Avoid this treatment:

It does not prevent cold symptoms in 90% of the cases. In addition, it is not safe for using over extended periods of time (e.g. months and years).

About Echinacea (alternative medicine)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

  • Target Population:

    healthy Adults, 16 to 65 years old

  • Dosage:

    Varies with preparation. Follow the instruction that come with the product.

  • Goal:

    Prevention of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

  • Reasonably tested
  • 10 Clinical Studies
  • 1,822 Adults Tested
  • Negligible benefits
  • Benefits:

    May prevents only 1 in 10 cases of Common cold. Does not seem to speed up recovery.

  • Mild risks
  • Risks:

    Common side effects include rash, upset stomach, bad taste, sleep problems, nausea and dizziness. Rare side effects may include muscle pain, severe allergic reaction (Anaphylaxis) and increased asthma.

Common Cold Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.

  • Complications:

    Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.

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Brand Names

Echinacea extract (alternative medicine)

  • Gaia Organics - Certified Organic Echinacea Supreme
  • Herb Pharm - Super Echinacea
  • Bioforce - A.Vogel Echinaforce
  • Genestra Brands - Chimaphila Combination #1
  • Herb Pharm - Golden Echinacea
  • Herbs Etc. - Echinacea Triple Source
  • Herbs Etc. - Immune Alert
  • now - Echinacea Extract Liquid Extract
  • NUTRI-WEST(R) - #2 - CF

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Echinacea is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. The Echinacea genus has nine species, which are commonly called purple coneflowers. They are found only in eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. Echinacea purpurea is used in folk medicine. Although there are multiple scientific reviews and meta-analyses published on the supposed immunological effects of echinacea, significant variability of echinacea products used among studies limited conclusions about effects and safety, consequently leading to non-approval of any health benefit or anti-disease activity. (source)
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