Echinacea Has No Effect On Common Colds – Part 1 of 3
Echinacea Has No Effect On Common Colds. The herbal nostrum echinacea, believed by many to cure colds, is no better than a placebo in relieving the symptoms or shortening the duration of illness, a late study finds. “My advice is, if you are an adult and believe in echinacea, it’s safe and you might get some placebo effect if nothing else,” said lead researcher Dr Bruce Barrett, an mate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. “I wouldn’t say the results of the trial should dissuade people who are currently using echinacea and feel that it works for them, but there is no new manifest to suggest that we have found the cure for the common cold”.
If echinacea was able to significantly reduce the symptoms and length of colds, this study would have found it. “With this particular dose of this particular formulation of echinacea there was no large benefit”. The surface is published in the Dec 21, 2010 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. In the study, Barrett’s team randomly assigned 719 people with colds to no treatment, to a pill they knew was echinacea, or to a medication that could either be a placebo or echinacea, but they were not told which. The participants ranged from 12 to 80 years of age.