Using Echinacea to Avoid the Cold or Flu
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Health tip on beating the common cold or flu

If you do feel the symptoms of a cold, flu just coming on or if you're in close contact with people who are ill you may want to consider taking Echinacea (Purple Coneflower). In the past, Echinacea was used by North America's Native Indians to treat fevers and by early settlers to North America for treating colds and the flu.

Forget about taking over the counter cold and flu medications because they do not work and they are expensive. Echinacea is most effective when it is taken just when you feel symptoms of a flu or cold. By taking it at this stage, your symptoms will either disappear entirely or the symptoms will be very mild, almost unnoticeable. Taking Echinacea once the cold or flu has gotten worse will not help relieve your symptoms.

If you are in close contact with sick people, you may want to take Echinacea to keep your immune system resistant to the flu or cold. I prefer using capsules from a quality manufacturer of Echinacea. However, it should not be used for a prolonged period of time because it will lose its effect of boosting your immune system and be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions. A detailed article on avoiding the cold or flu can be found here.

Posted on: Monday October 17, 2005 6:52 am


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