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Tuesday, 14 August 2018
The University of Connecticut published findings of a study in the British Medical Journal, stating that Echinacea (a popular herbal remedy) reduces the chances of catching a cold by up to 58%, and reduces the duration of a cold by up to 1.4 days.
The combined results of trials looking at Echinacea’s effects on preventing a cold as well as its effects on limiting the duration of a cold were analysed.
Researchers also examined the effects of Echinacea with and without the presence of additional supplements, and whether or not viruses occurred naturally or were placed on the subjects. They found that Echinacea reduced the incidence of contracting a common cold, whether or not taken alongside other herbal supplements. They also found that it reduced the chance of catching a cold both naturally and if inoculated with it.
In summary, this study concludes that Echinacea does indeed have powerful cold prevention and treatment benefits. The significance of the findings becomes clear when you think of how many Irish people suffer from common colds during the change in seasons and eventual winter months.
Source: University of Connecticut; The Lancet Infectious Diseases; British Medical Journal 2007