Does Echinacea Work?

Does Echinacea Work for Other Uses?
It is not clear if echinacea is effective for most other uses. One study suggested that echinacea probably does not work to help treat genital herpes (it did not reduce the frequency or duration of genital herpes outbreaks). Early studies suggest that echinacea might be helpful for reducing flu symptoms, although it is not yet clear if the supplement really works for this use.
One early study showed that taking certain compounds found in echinacea by IV might help prevent low white blood cells due to chemotherapy. However, there is not enough scientific evidence to suggest that echinacea really is effective for this use, or if it would work at all if taken by mouth instead of IV.
For other echinacea uses, either no reliable studies have been done or research is in preliminary stages.

Final Thoughts on the Effectiveness of Echinacea

Echinacea shows promise for treating a variety of different medical conditions. However, much more research is necessary to confirm the many claimed benefits of echinacea. At this point, it is not clear if this herbal supplement really works for most uses.
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