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Echinacea: Should I or shouldn't I?

Oct 21, 1999


I've just come across a supplement called Echinacea which is a sunflower derivative. It claims to boost the immune system - are the claims realistic and should I continue to take it alongside vitamins? My doctor is also about to start me on 3C therapy. Thanks for your time.

Cheers, Al in London (UK)

Response from Dr. Fisher

We don't know (or at least I don't know) if echinacea is helpful. I am personally skeptical of simplistic but dramatic claims ("boost the immune system") that are not proven. Alvan Fisher, M.D.

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