Anyone here take Echinacea?

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CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/12/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I started taking it last year while I was in college but never really noticed a difference until now. I just started taking it again and I've been feeling better for 3 days now. I even got out yesterday and went to the store. I cooked yesterday too and haven't done that in a while. I also haven't been out since Mother's Day. So, I don't know for sure if it's all in my head or the Echinacea making me feel better. It can't be a coincindence. I went from barely moving to getting out of the house.

I know it has alot of benefits. It's great for a cold or the flu. It's good for infections, UTI's, yeast and has even been used as an anti-Malarial.

Does anyone else take it and what experiences have you had with it?
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   Posted 8/12/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I dont take it. I just wanted to say that it is good that you were able to get out of the house. and cook. I hope that it continues to help you!!

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/12/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks you hun. I appreciate that. It definitely felt great!
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   Posted 8/12/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I bet! I cant imagine how it would feel not to be out since motheres day. Iam sorry that you have felt that bad. I hope this is a turn around for you!!

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/12/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Me too. Even if it was just a coincindence, I'll take it!
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   Posted 8/12/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree. we have to take any positive thing we we can.

james from missouri
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   Posted 8/12/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
thats great news.. i take alot of supplements, but that isn't one of them.. I see it in the store though, i almost bought it just because you said it worked for you..

i take..

fish oil 2400mg daily
garlic 2000mg daily
B-12 shots 3 times a week
Zinc 100mg daily
L-lysine 500 mg daily
Green Tea Extract 315mg daily
Vitamin D plus magnesium 2000mg daily
vitamin c 1500 mg daily

ABX rifampin 500 and zithro 500 mg daily..

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   Posted 8/12/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't take Echinacea, but after reading your post CajunGrl I'm going to.
 
I do get out, but never really feel like going anywhere my energy is at an all time low.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/12/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone:) It is also an immune booster. I forgot to mention that. I started kind of hurting again tonight, although it's not as bad and I did herx a little the other night too. I don't want to get everyone's hopes up.

If you do decide to purchase it, make sure you read up on it first. There is a rare allergic reaction to ragweed. You also
shouldn't take it if you have MS or Lupus. Here's a good
read on it:

http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Benefits_of_Echinacea

Here are some other sites that list the benefits:

http://cold.emedtv.com/echinacea/benefits-of-echinacea.html
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   Posted 8/12/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you are hurting tonight. Hope it passes. Do you know why you should not take it if you have Lupus?

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/12/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
It says that it could irritate the symptoms of Lupus.

I'm truly not feeling as bad as I was before. I will see what tomorrow brings.
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   Posted 8/12/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you mind if I email you tomorrow. I have some more questions.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/12/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Sure hun:)
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   Posted 8/12/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
CajunGrl,

First of all, I don't know if this is 'gospel', but one of my sisters who uses Ech. is adament that it must contain 'Golden Seal.' I bought a bottle to keep on hand in case the swine flu hits.

Also, from what I've read and what my sister has told me she has read, it is NOT to be taken daily. It is to be started at the very first instant you feel something coming on.

Soooooo... I will admit I do not know proof positive, but this is what I know about it so far. It does seem to be an immune booster, but again, should have been started the first instant you felt something coming on.

If there is new evidence out there, then I would really like to know it!
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia,  chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.
What don't these nasty bugs cause? 
CD57= 60, so we're in pretty good shape.
 


CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/12/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lyme,

This is why I started taking it:

Echinacea has been widely studied through the years, and there are several things that Echinacea does in the body.
It increases the ability of white blood cells to destroy invading microorganisms, and boosts the strength of T-lymphocytes, which are vital to the immune system.
Additionally, a compound in Echinacea, known as echinacein, helps prevent germs from penetrating and destroying healthy cells. This works both when Echinacea is taken internally and when it is applied to wounds.

http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Benefits_of_Echinacea

Echinacea should not be considered a permanent part of your health routine. Some people say it should be taken for no longer than a week or two at a time, while other experts say it is safe to take for months at a time. The idea is that the herb loses its immune boosting power over time and may ultimately inhibit the growth of T-cells, which is not good for your immune system. Again check with a doctor or herbalist before planning to take Echinacea long term.

My stepmom has always been healthy and has always been on natural supplements. She has taken Echinacea everyday for years. I don't think it can hurt at all. That's also why I encourage everyone to read up on it before they take it. I hope this helps some:)
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   Posted 8/13/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for this, CG! I will now bust open that bottle (WITH Goldenseal) that's in my supplement cupboard!
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia,  chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.
What don't these nasty bugs cause? 
CD57= 60, so we're in pretty good shape.
 


CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/13/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Lyme,

No problem:) Mine is Natures Way and it says, "For best results, after taking Echinacea for 6-8 weeks, a two week break is recommended before restarting use.

I also think it caused me to herx last night. It may be killing the yeast that Ive been having a problem with. I felt worse last night after about an hour taking it but feel good today. Weird:/
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   Posted 8/13/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
This is really good to know, CajunGrl! Any way that we can boost our body's army is always greatly appreciated! The little 'break' makes sense, the way you tell it. I'm very glad to hear that you feel better today, too!
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia,  chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.
What don't these nasty bugs cause? 
CD57= 60, so we're in pretty good shape.
 


CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/13/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks:) Let me know if you feel a difference on it. Like I said, wheni took it last year, I felt nothing. I wonder why I'm feeling a difference now? Maybe the bacteria were hiding last year.
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   Posted 8/24/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes yes yes...
I have my 6 year old on it in her gummy bears...lol with vit c
And I was put on a ton of it with all of my other supp. and it has done wonders along with the rest of the stuff.

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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Martha's Vineyard,

I agree that it's doing something. I give it to my 15 year old too.
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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
What dosages and frequencies do you all take? I haven't started it yet and just decided to put it in my purse and take mid-day-- not close to my Amox doses, but along w/ my midday C, garlic and betacarotene.
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia,  chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.
What don't these nasty bugs cause? 
CD57= 60, so we're in pretty good shape.
 


CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Lyme,

I take 400mg once a day so far. My bottle says I can take 3 capsules 3 x's a day. I'm very sensitive right now to all medications and supplements. It's definitely trying to rid my body of something. I've been herxing a little. I have yeast problems so it may be killing that bacteria off.
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   Posted 8/25/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Since we don't know yet if lyme causes lupus and or MS, I would not take any immune booster as part of a daily regime.
I was dx with lupus, then lyme and when I took E, I would feel much worse.

I did go into remission from lyme or lupus or whatever else I was told I had on herbs alone, so I never rule them out.

But with any herbs, they should all be cycled and not taken daily.

ina
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   Posted 8/25/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a 3 plant treatment from my herbalist and he mentioned echinacea, tea tree oil and another (calendula but not sure) one plus propolis tincture. sorry for my spelling. try them out and good luck! he said though to be taken 3 times a day not all in one go in the morning. garlic helps me a lot also
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