Are there any reasons to avoid taking echinacea?


The following cautions should be considered before using echinacea:

Situations in which use of echinacea is not advised:
Do not use echinacea (1) in the presence of progressive systemic disease, such as tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, immunodeficiency or autoimmune disorders or (2) in the presence of a known allergy to plants in the daisy (Asteraceae) family.

Side effects:
There are no known side effects of echinacea, with the possible exception of allergic responses.

Drug interactions:
There are no known interactions of echinacea with any drugs.

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