Does Echinacea Help Reduce the Lengths of Colds?


A recent health study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed no significant reduction in the length or the severity of cold ailments with the use of Echinacea.

In this study, over 700 patient between the ages of 12 and 80, took part in identifying if Echinacea can assist in reducing the severity or the duration of a cold. This blind study had individuals taking Echinacea, a placebo or no pills at all. In the end patients taking echinacea did report a slight improvement of about 1/2 day in the duration of the symptoms. They also reported a slight reduction in the severity of the cold symptoms.

The researchers found that these slight differences did not achieve enough of a statistical difference to prove the claim that Echinacea helped in the reduction or severity of a cold.

Reference: Health – 137

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