What is Echinacea?

Category: Supplements

false

See also: Echinacea Goldenseal

Echinacea appears to have a variety of nonspecific stimulatory effects on the immune system. Echinacea is claimed to stimulate white blood cell function and cell-mediated immunity, including T lymphocytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 17 1
Support immune health 14 12
Bronchitis 3 5
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 1
Fibromyalgia 2 2

Show all 19 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 17

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Echinacea

Side effect Patients
Indigestion 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Echinacea

Dosage Patients
daily 2
0.6 mL three times daily 1
380 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Echinacea

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 2
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 10 patients who've stopped taking Echinacea

Duration

Currently taking Echinacea

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 3
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Echinacea

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 8
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 13
Not specified 4
Last updated:

4 patient evaluations for Echinacea

Dec 19, 2016 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for swollen glands)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for runny nose (rhinorrhea))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for painful lymph nodes (glands))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lung(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for flu virus (influenza))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fever/chills)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for common cold)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bronchitis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support immune health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for H1N1 influenza A)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 drop(s) Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 31, 2015 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support immune health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for common cold)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bronchitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 drop(s) M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 12, 2013 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bronchitis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for common cold)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support immune health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 12, 2016 (Started Sep 03, 1986)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support immune health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I believe this helps keep the immune system in balance, is not an immune stimulus and is therefore not a danger to MS as my neurologist believes.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 20, 2008 (Started Sep 03, 1986)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: With MS there is no neural tissue repair, without a functioning immune system.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2012 (Started Jul 23, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 4 patient evaluations for Echinacea