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Does Echinacea Prevent Colds?

If you find yourself about to go down with a cold this winter, the chances are that at some point a friend will suggest you take echinacea. Some swear by it to ward off a cold when they feel the first stirrings of a sore throat. Others take it once a cold is full-blown, in the hope that it will speed their recovery. Native Americans have long valued echinacea for its medical properties, but in the 20th Century its use spread to many countries after it became popular in Germany. In today’s health food shops ­ you can see dozens of different kinds of preparations. The question is, does it work?

Every couple of years a new study is published showing that echinacea either does or doesn’t…

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 Does Echinacea Prevent Colds?

Echinacea is often advised for warding off the winter sniffles, says Claudia Hammond, but does it actually work?

9 Echinacea Benefits from Colds to Cancer

Once known as an alternative way to prevent the common cold, now echinacea is quickly becoming known for multiple uses and benefits.


Many studies have been done on echinacea and the common cold. Much less research has been done on the use of echinacea for other health purposes.

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