Echinacea

Case
The mother of a two-year-old with recurrent colds and ear infections asks you if echinacea will help prevent these infections and if it's safe for young children.
Question
Which of the following is TRUE about echinacea?
a. Studies from several randomized, controlled clinical trials suggest that taking echinacea at the first sign of a cold can help reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms.

b. Controlled trials in Germany have shown that echinacea is helpful in reducing the number of colds for children under 13 years old.

 


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