Echinacea (Echinacea) is a flowering plant belonging to the daisy family (Asteraceae). The leaves and roots of echinacea have long been used in traditional and complementary medicine to reduce inflammation and boost immunity. It is used to reduce cold and flu symptoms such as congestion, sneezing and sinusitis.
Let’s look at the effect and safety of using echinacea in the treatment of colds together…
How to use
Echinacea It is a plant with powerful therapeutic properties. While some research shows it can treat and prevent the common cold, more research is needed for a definitive conclusion. But if you try echinacea and find it helpful, it can be a great addition to your naturopathic routine.
You can buy echinacea from many places. There is no officially recommended dosage for echinacea extract. In general, studies have evaluated the effects of daily doses of 450–4,000 mg for 4 months. Many nutritional supplements and multivitamin capsules contain echinacea root and are often combined with other ingredients such as vitamin C. Echinacea tea is also available, containing as much as 1,000 mg of root per 1 cup.
Regardless of which one you choose, it’s best to start with a low dose and assess your body’s response. If you notice any adverse side effects, discontinue use and consult your healthcare professional. When purchasing a supplement, look for products that have been tested by an independent third party.
Potential side effects
Echinacea is generally considered safe when used as directed. However, it can cause various side effects, including stomach pain, nausea, skin rash, difficulty breathing and skin swelling.
Studies show that echinacea can be used safely by pregnant and nursing mothers, but it should not be used without consulting a healthcare professional. Echinacea may cause an increased risk of skin rash in children, so it is not recommended for frequent use in children under 12 years of age. Also, if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking any medication, it is best to consult your healthcare provider before using echinacea.