Echinacea is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family that have shown to assist with immune health support in the body.

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Echinacea is a dietary supplement for the common cold and other immune challenges, as it may support the immune system response in order to effectively fight a pathogen. Echinacea preparations have also been used as a topical use (application to the skin) for wounds and skin problems. Several species of echinacea, most commonly, Echinacea purpurea or Echinacea angustifolia, may be included in dietary supplements.


A North American plant of the daisy family, whose flowers have been used in herbal medicine, largely for their antibiotic and wound-healing properties.

Echinacea seems to activate natural chemicals in the body that potentially help decrease inflammation and support a healthy immune response and also helps maintain the body's immune system function in general.

Echinacea is most commonly used for the common cold and other infection challenges in helping to support a healthy immune response. Taking echinacea by mouth may benefit the duration of the cold and recovery time. The key is to use small frequent doses and then revert to a maintenance dose as one starts to feel better.

The most common side effects are stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, vomiting and rashes. Allergic reactions might occur in some people, especially in people who are allergic to ragweed, mums, marigolds or daisies. The Compositae family.