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Does Echinacea Conflict With Hiv Drugs

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What Is Echinacea? Echinacea is a flowering plant. It is sometimes called Purple Coneflower. It grows mainly in Europe and North America. There are several closely related species: Echinacea purpurea, angustifolia, and pallida . They have slightly different medicinal properties. Echinacea purpurea seems more active in the test tube. Echinacea angustifolia appears more effective in people. Echinacea was the main medicinal herb used by...
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Echinacea Backfire

For over a year now I have been using colloidal silver to control my HIV and have had good luck until I used echinacea to raise my cd-4 count, which has been steadily declining. My viral load went from 700,000+ to 16600. After the echinacea it...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There has been no convincing date published in a peer reviewed journal that colloidal silver has any clinically relevant anti-HIV efficacy. Viral loads can vary from 10,000-100,000 in the same patient over time or even +/- 10-20,000 in same patient... Read more »

Echinacea and other herbal remedies

I received a vague warning to watch out for herbal remedies and was told that, for instance, echinacea may interfere with the effectiveness of HIV medication. Can you confirm that, and, are there other herbal remedies that have been proven to reduce...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Echinacea can usually be taken with most HIV regimens. St John's wort and garlic are 2 commonly used herbal remedies that have been shown to decrease the levels of some HIV medications through interaction with liver enzymes. Most herbal... Read more »

Echinacea - Good or Bad

I have been HIV+ for 2 years and am still treatment naive. I bought Echinacea since it's an immune booster. However, after taking it home, I read the warning saying that people with HIV infection should avoid the product. My question is why...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.As I read the literature, there's little to worry about drug-drug interactions with Echinacea; that said, a recent studies also failed to show any clinically significant benefit in mitigation of the symptoms of common colds... Read more »

Echinacea and complera

Is it ok to have anything with echinacea in it while on this medicine? ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.It's important to be mindful of possible negative interactions between HIV medications and other drugs, supplements and herbs. The most significant interactions are between St. John's wort and HIV meds,... Read more »
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Confusion & Conflict when it comes to HIV and AIDS

Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
Confusion and Conflict when it comes to HIV and AIDS

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Conflicting diagnosis, please advise!

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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Have any of you heard of echinacea, and herb that boosts your immune system? It is shown to produce more white blood cells, t-cell, interleukins, etc. However, some say that it is contraindicated in HIV/AIDS because it could give the virus more... Read more »