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Is echinacea recommended for treating multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Louis Rosner
Neurology
Echinacea is one of several dietary supplements said to stimulate the immune system. Sold as a cold and flu preventive for years, the latest studies showed it is not effective in either preventing or lessening the severity of such viruses. In laboratories, echinacea has activated T cells and macrophages, which could theoretically worsen multiple sclerosis (MS). Therefore, it is not recommended. Also known to activate T cells are alfalfa, Asian and Siberian ginseng, astragalus, cat's claw, garlic, maitake mushrooms, mistletoe, shiitake mushrooms, stinging nettle, and melatonin.
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