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More and more people are turning to herbal remedies to promote health and well-being, ease symptoms of illnesses and manage chronic conditions. Echinacea is one of the most commonly used herbs today and is taken for a number of purposes. If you're looking for a supplement, CVS can help you find the perfect product with a diverse assortment of echinacea options. Shop the entire product selection now or filter the results by form, strength and more.

What Is Echinacea?

Echinacea is a flowering plant that is native to North America. Other names for the herb include coneflower, black sampson, sampson root and rudbeckia. Supplements are typically made from the roots of the Echinacea purpurea plant. You can purchase echinacea supplements in a variety of forms, including liquids, capsules, drops and lozenges. As you compare supplements, take note of their strengths. The strength tells you how much echinacea extract a supplement provides in a single serving. Most supplements contain 400 to 2000 milligrams (mg) of echinacea per serving.

What are Some Echinacea Benefits?

Some people believe that echinacea has the ability to stimulate the immune system, the part of the body that helps to fight infections. Due to this belief, echinacea for colds is a common use of this plant. The herb is thought to shorten the duration of colds by helping the immune system combat the virus that causes symptoms. In addition, people may take echinacea during cold and flu season in hopes of decreasing their risk of illness. Echinacea is believed by some to soothe toothaches, to ease discomfort caused by insect bites, to soothe coughing and to help wounds heal. Research indicates that echinacea may reduce inflammation and fight certain types of bacteria.

Are There Echinacea Side Effects?

At this time, there is not enough evidence to prove that echinacea supplements are beneficial for any medical purpose. Before using an echinacea product, you should consult your health care provider for advice, as the herb can cause side effects and may interact with some medications. Your medical provider can recommend the right strength of echinacea for your needs. To ensure best results, follow the directions provided by the supplement manufacturer unless your health care provider gives you other instructions.

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