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Echinacea May be as Effective as Antiviral Medicine for Early Treatment of Flu

Echinacea has long been used as a folk remedy for colds and flus. A recent study suggests that it may be as effective as the antiviral medicine Tamiflu in early treatment of the flu.

Participants in the study included 473 people had been exhibiting flu symptoms for fewer than 48 hours. They were given either a syrup containing Echinacea for 10 days or Tamiflu for five days, followed by a placebo for five days.

After one day of treatment, 1.5% of the Echinacea group had “mild or no symptoms,” while 4.1% of the Tamiflu group exhibited the same. At day five, the Echinacea group had 50.2% recovery, while the Tamiflu group had 48.8% recovery. Finally, at the end of the ten-day period, the Echinacea group had 90.1% recovery and the Tamiflu group had 84.8% recovery.

Researchers from PLACE conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on April 20, 2015, in Current Therapeutic Research.

While most commonly used to relieve cold symptoms, Echinacea has been linked with boosting the immune system, relieving pain and reducing inflammation. The optimal way to increase your Echinacea intake is to take a daily, high quality supplement.
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