Aug 26, 1999
i have read that the natural supplemement Echinacea can boost the immune system by up to 30%. Could it be useful for an HIV infected person? Or could such stimulation of the immune system cause more virus replication?
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
It is not at all clear what immune stimulation can do, or that Echinacea can actually do it. In general, things that stimulate immunity like IL-2 will increase viral production IF the HIV viral load is detectable. That is why IL-2 is used only when HIV is under control. The same might be true for Echinacea, but there is no actual data on the subject. Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.
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