In this Article
- What other names is Echinacea known by?
- What is Echinacea?
- Is Echinacea effective?
- How does Echinacea work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Echinacea.
Echinacea can also cause allergic reactions, especially in people who are allergic to ragweed, mums, marigolds, or daisies. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare professional before taking echinacea.
Applying echinacea to the skin can cause redness, itchiness, or a rash.
Do not take echinacea if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have a skin condition called pemphigus vulgaris.
- You have an immune system disorder such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other immune system conditions called "autoimmune disease."
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