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Echinacea is a plant mainly known for its potential to enhance the immune system and help fight some infections. It is known for its purple flower.

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Possible Benefits

  • May improve the immune system
  • Combats the symptoms of the common cold
  • May help to heal wounds and burns
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Required Equipment

Capsules, tablets, lotion, extract or raw plant

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How to Do It

If you want to treat the common cold, you can prepare an infusion with echinacea leaves and drink it as a tea several times a day. To treat wounds or burns, apply echinacea-based lotion to the affected area. You can also use it as a supplement to strengthen your immune system.

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Why it works

  • The main action of echinacea is immunomodulation. It influences the cells of the immune system, helping them to protect more effectively from different infections.
  • Echinacea also promotes the generation of fibroblasts, a cell type that stimulates the reconstruction of affected tissues, and the formation of scars.
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Time Commitment

1-5 minutes

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Suggested Frequency

At least 3 times a day to treat a cold

For other uses, according to the manufacturer's instructions

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Possible Side Effects

  • It can cause minor discomforts such as stomach upset, nausea and dizziness. 
  • If you have an immune system disorder, it is best to consult your doctor before taking echinacea. 
  • Avoid during pregnancy.
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  • It has been shown that if echinacea is consumed when the first cold symptom appears, there is a moderate chance of avoiding the rest of the symptoms.
  • Its potential to strengthen the immune system in the long term is still being investigated.
  • In the 19th century, echinacea was one of the most widely used drugs in the United States
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24554461
  2. Medicinal properties of Echinacea: a critical review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12622467
  3. Safety and Efficacy Profile of Echinacea purpurea to Prevent Common Cold Episodes: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3457740/
  4. Skin improvement and stability of Echinacea purpurea dermatological formulations. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20384903
  5. The potential use of Echinacea in acne: control of Propionibacterium acnes growth and inflammation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20830697
  6. Immunomodulators Inspired by Nature: A Review on Curcumin and Echinacea. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6278270/
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