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January 2003 Issue

Whole Herb Echinacea Fails to Ease Colds

Echinacea, the popular herbal cold remedy believed to help boost the immune system, failed to measure up to its reputation in research conducted at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. But that might be a reflection of the form of the herb given. In the study, 142 college students with recent onsets of colds took either a placebo or one gram of Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia (root and whole plant product, not

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