Uses supported by clinical data
Preparations of Radix Echinaceae are administered orally in supportive therapy for colds and infections of the respiratory and urinary tract. Beneficial effects in the treatment of these infections are generally thought to be brought about by stimulation of the immune response.
Uses described in pharmacopoeias and in traditional systems of medicine
Uses described in folk medicine, not supported by experimental or clinical data
Treatment of yeast infections, side-effects of radiation therapy, rheumatoid arthritis, and food poisoning.
External use Allergy to plants in the Asteraceae.
Internal use: Should not be used in serious conditions such as tuberculosis, leukosis, collagenosis, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, HIV infection and autoimmune disorders. Echinacea preparations should not be administered to people with a known allergy to any plant of the Asteraceae. Parenteral administration is rarely indicated owing to potential adverse side-effects (see Adverse reactions).