Echinacea does not ward off colds say leading doctors

The herbal remedy echinacea, which is taken to stave off colds, does not work, say leading doctors.

They suggest that the plant extract has little or no effect on the length or severity of symptoms including coughs and sneezes. Increasing numbers of Britons take echinacea supplements every year at the first sign of a cold in the hope that they will help boost their immune system. But a major study suggested that its effects are ‘minimal’, and for many people it will not work at all.

The research by the American College of Physicians compared the effects of the extract on 719 people experiencing the first sign of a cold.

Source - Daily Mail