It may be a popularly used as an immune booster herb, but Echinacea does come with a few warning signs. Read on to know what are the side effects of Echinacea.

Echinacea Side Effects

As a country that has been extracting the medicinal benefits of plants for centuries, we tend to think that since medicinal plants are natural substances, they have no side effects. Also, with increased knowledge of the various holistic healing therapies, many of them claiming to have no side effects, people stretch this claim to others as well. Never did any proponent of ayurveda or any other science that involves use of medicinal plant, be it Patanjali or Charaka, ever say that the plants used as medicine are free of side effects. One such plant is Echinacea (also known as coneflower), a plant commonly used to reduce a spell of flu or common cold, or as an immune booster. According to archaeological studies, it has been used for its medicinal properties by Native Americans, as early as four hundred years ago. In fact, they used it as a “cure-all”. It has both anti-viral as well as antioxidant properties. Professionals recommend its use in treating infections of the urinary tract, vaginal yeast infections, sinusitis, hay fever, athlete’s foot and may others. The flower part of it, the part that is used most commonly, is high in polysaccharides, a class of substance that is known to trigger the immune system. Nevertheless, this plant also comes with warning signs that need to be kept in mind. Read on to know the side effects of the wonder herb, Echinacea.
Side Effects Of Echinacea
Many Of Its Side Effects Are
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Diarrhea or constipation (depending on genetic type)
  • Heartburn
  • Fever
  • Joint pains or muscle pains
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat or mouth ulcers
  • Dizziness and disorientation
  • Allergic reactions, for instance runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, or swelling of mouth or throat
  •  Echinacea numb tongue, which might appear as a tingling feeling, and is harmless. 
Other Serious Considerations That Need To Be Kept In Mind About Echinacea Are 
  • People suffering from HIV, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, connective tissue disorder, leukemia, or diabetes, should not use Echinacea.
  • If taken by people who have just had, or are going to get, an organ transplant, it could actually prove disastrous. In such cases, immune suppressants are given to the patient so that the body does not reject the new organ, which it might take some time to get accustomed to.
  •  It could trigger a spell of wheezing, or asthma attack, in case a person has tendency of losing breath pretty often.
  • In some cases, It could lead to anaphylaxis, a life threatening reaction accompanied by throat tightening, shortness of breath and also possibly, fainting. In fact people with asthma or any other bronchial infections are at a higher risk of developing this conditions

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