My GP who is also a herbalist, has given me a tonic that includes golden seal to help me through my current flareup, it's supposed to help with diarrhea. She knows what meds I'm on, so it's all good. Not sure about echinacea, though if you're not currently on meds for UC, should be ok. GP says she would rather treat patients through more natural means rather than antibiotics etc.
Dx UC 1991
minor flare ups always mild, treated with prednisone/or dipentum
Mar2009 1st major flare up, treated with prednisone/salofalk enemas, maintenance Dipentum
July 2010 2nd major flare up, currently tapering from 50mg prednisone, salofalk enemas.
Daily Supplements- Vitamin D, liquid fish oil, probiotics, intestamine.