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Echinacea against influenza, parainfluenza and coronavirus, but pay attention to the dosage

Echinacea helps against flu, colds, covid and other parainfluenza viruses. Let’s see in detail what echinacea is used for, how much echinacea one should take, what happens when high doses are taken and any contraindications...READ THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE▶▶

Influenza, parainfluenza, respiratory viruses and coronaviruses, one more ally to protect us is echinacea! Echinacea, in the form of extract, helps prevent these ailments and reduce healing times. Higher doses taken during the acute phase are shown to further reduce recovery times and viral load, but beware of side effects. Today we clarify the properties of the new, more concentrated echinacea-based formulations, their benefits and their safety. To do this we will refer to very recent research published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine by a Swiss team (Sumer et al, Front Med, 2023).

Echinacea against respiratory tract viruses
Echinacea, also called purple coneflower, as shown by previous scientific research, has an antiviral action and helps regulate the response of the immune system. Thanks to these characteristics, echinacea is recommended as prevention in the cold months, in a dosage between 900 and 2400 mg per day for one-month cycles, possibly to be repeated. In fact, taking echinacea has been shown to help reduce the number of viral infections, whether caused by influenza viruses, parainfluenza, respiratory syncytial virus and coronaviruses. Not only that, even during the acute phase echinacea helps speed up healing and reduce the viral load, showing negative tests for the virus in a lower number of days than those who have not taken echinacea. Nowadays, on the market, it is possible to find new formulations of echinacea that have higher doses or in any case it can be believed that, during the full-blown disease, increasing the doses of echinacea could be beneficial. Here’s what the study we’re talking about today says about it.

Echinacea, what happens by increasing the dosage
Scientists recruited 409 adults between 2018 and 2019. Of these volunteers, during the observation period, half developed a respiratory tract infection. A portion of these people took the conventional dose of echinacea, up to 2400 mg per day from the onset of symptoms and for 10 days. The other party instead took a new, very strong echinacea preparation, capable of reaching 16,800 mg per day, taken from the onset of the first symptoms and for the following three days, and then reducing the dose to 2400 mg for another 7 days. What emerged was that the more potent formulation further accelerated healing times. However, in this case, more side effects were observed with one case of severe hypersensitivity reaction, which was not observed in case of lower dosages.

Echinacea and influenza, conclusions, risks and warnings
Echinacea is a herbal remedy useful in the winter period as it has a demonstrated antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory action, useful for preventing and treating viruses that can affect the respiratory tract. It has also been observed that larger doses, as can be found nowadays in herbalist’s shops and online, are even more effective when it comes to reducing the viral load and speeding up recovery times.

However, some considerations need to be made. First of all, prevention is important, not only through supplements, but by taking care of hand hygiene, avoiding crowded places and also protecting the airways, especially in the case of more fragile people.
Then, it is always important to contact your doctor to evaluate the most appropriate treatment and dosage. We have seen that high doses are more effective but can also bring with them greater adverse effects. Echinacea should then be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding and you should consult your doctor if you are taking medications and in any case to evaluate your personal situation. Do not use echinacea if you are allergic to plants from the Composite family, such as daisy, sunflower, chamomile, dandelion, just to name a few.

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