Echinacea toxicity

Dangers of echinacea remedies

Is Echinacea a toxic plant?

Echinacea is not a toxic plant, although it has some contraindications due to the action of its active ingredients.

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

Precautions for treatments with echinacea

It is usual to find echinacea as a natural remedy to increase defenses
  • Do not take for a long time. Echinacea should not be taken for more than two months without rest, as it loses efficacy. It is recommended to rest 1-2 weeks for every 2 months of treatment.
  • Check with your doctor before taking echinacea if you are pregnant or during breast-feeding. Its safety in pregnancy and lactation has not been established, so its use should only be prescribed by a professional.
  • Do not take echinacea if you have an autoimmune disease. Echinacea is not recommended in people with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. In these cases, as in the case of tuberculosis, it is recommended to consult with the doctor or specialist before applying it.
  • Its use with HIV patients is not very clear and could be harmful.
  • Do not administer to people allergic to daisies or other species of the Compositae  family. In case of skin reactions or respiratory problems, stop using the product and consult the doctor.

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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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