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The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 18

Immune disorders and echinacea

Posted By: Nicole C. (A+ ns? iNTJ)
Date: Tuesday, 19 February 2002, at 1:43 p.m.

In Response To: Immune system question >Dr Dadamo ,Heidi (Kai ,A+)

I have always read that anyone with an autoimmune disorder should not take echinacea, but I've never seen an explanation. It's also on most bottles of the stuff I've seen as a warning. My naturopath-based philiosophy FNP agreed, but I never thought to ask her why either. It may not apply to those with thyroid problems who don't have Hashimoto's.

It might be related to echinacea's net effect of weakening the immune system if taken for extended periods of time, and they assume the effects would be worse in those with immune disorders. I'm personally of the opinion that the very low dose you are likely to get in a pre-packaged tea probably isn't either terribly effective or terribly dangerous.

My herbalist suggested Elderberry instead when I need a little help throwing off a sinus infection or a old, and I've been a big fan ever since. It not only works great, but I like the taste better.

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