Vicki Martin, Nutritionist and Naturopath
Naturopath Vicki Martin summarises what you need to know about Echinacea – a natural remedy for common cold and flu
Echinacea is a herb and a natural remedy that has been used to fight colds and infections for many centuries. It was originally used by Native American healers to help heal external wounds. Today, many experts recommend using it for colds and flu, and it is now one of the most popular immunity supplements in the western world.
Many people take Echinacea to help boost their immunity. So far, evidence suggests that it may help to reduce the length of a cold and the severity of cold symptoms. Echinacea seems to support the immune system by activating white blood cells. It may also increase production of “interferon” – an important part of how the body responds to and fights off viral infections. Some studies suggest that Echinacea may slightly reduce flu symptoms and recurrent vaginal yeast infections (“thrush”).
Echinacea seems to be most effective if you start it as soon as you notice symptoms, then take it for 7-10 days. It works well if you combine it with Vitamin C and Zinc.
Keep supplements containing Echinacea in a cool, dry place away from humidity and direct sunlight.
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