1. Echinacea can potentially lower common cold symptoms.
In a double-blind randomized controlled trial involving 282 individuals, echinacea taken at the first sign of a common cold was found to lower symptom severity [R].
Rhinovirus is the most predominant causative agent of the common cold, and upon research, it was found that echinacea was able to prevent common cold symptoms [R].
This is likely attributed to its anti-inflammatory effects on the respiratory system, most especially the airways [R].
2. Echinacea boosts immune function.
Its immunity booster effect is attributed to its ability to lower inflammation and fight infectious diseases [R].
A 3-day study with 6 participants found that echinacea extract lowered inflammation and raised the production of IFN-alpha molecules to help against infection [R].
3. Echinacea can improve atopic dermatitis.
A 3-month echinacea treatment (double-blind randomized controlled trial) was showed to improve redness and swelling symptoms of atopic dermatitis in 49 participants [R].
4. Echinacea is a potential cancer treatment.
Additionally, when taken during chemotherapy, it stopped normal cell death and only resulted in cancer cell death [R].
5. Echinacea may help reduce anxiety.
After a week-long treatment of echinacea, 32 fairly healthy adults noted an improved with their mild anxiety [R].
However, if you are allergic to chamomile or plants belonging to the same family, it is best to avoid echinacea [R].
We strongly advise you to have regular check-ups with your doctor and lab tests (blood, kidney, and liver) at least once every six months if you decide to take any herbal medicine or supplements for long-term.
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