What is Echinacea?

Category: Supplements

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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 12 6
Bronchitis 3 4
Fibromyalgia 3 2
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 1

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  • 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
11

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
30 drop(s) three times daily 1
380 mg three times daily 1
3,420 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Echinacea

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Expense 2
Other 2
Doctor's advice 1
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Duration

Currently taking Echinacea

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Echinacea

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 6
Sometimes 0
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 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 7
Not specified 4
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3 patient evaluations for Echinacea

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

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

Sep 8, 2012 (Started Sep 06, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle cramps)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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