Echinacea side effects

What side effects does echinacea have?

No side effects have been described with echinacea supplementation, although the plant is not free of contraindications. In addition, some sensitive people may experience some adverse effects with the use of this plant.

Like all medicines and herbal remedies, it is necessary to check the contraindications of the plant before taking it.

What possible adverse effects can preparations with echinacea have?

Among the main adverse effects that preparations with echinacea can have, are the following:

  • When combined with drinks or foods that contain caffeine, echinacea can increase its stimulating effect.
  • The oral administration of echinacea in the form of liquid can produce tingling in the lips and in the mouth, with numbness in it. This sensation demonstrates the good quality of the product, and does not present any harm to health.
  • The use of preparations with concentrated extract of the plant, such as tinctures or syrups, can cause discomfort and adverse reactions to people with autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, psoriasis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, etc. Consult with the doctor.
  • In case of adverse skin reactions, breathing problems or any other type, stop using the product and consult your doctor.

Can you take echinacea during pregnancy?

The safety of echinacea during pregnancy has not been proven, so it is advised not to take it. If you are pregnant, check with your doctor before taking echinacea.

Echinacea dose

Echinacea usually occurs in the form of supplements, of different amounts and qualities. It is advisable to follow the recommendations of the doctor and the manufacturer.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 June, 2019

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