Echinacea is an herb that helps boost the immune system. In cancer, it also seems to help during radiotherapy and chemotherapy and may even help with brain cancers, or brain tumours.

Study: To summarize, echinacea has the potential to boost the phagocytic immune cell response. It appears that only certain preparations are able to do so, such as the fresh pressed juice or isolated polysaccharides.

Study: The herb, Echinacea, after making its debut on the world’s commercial markets more than a decade ago, has become one of the top-selling herbs of all time. Many of its ingredients are powerful immune system stimulators.

Study: Flavonoids act as an immune-stimulant, they are present in Echinacea…lessen the harmful consequence of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. It also helps the patients in prolonging the survival time with progressive stage of cancer.

Study: Echinacea herbal preparations are primarily used for their immunostimulatory effects. The survival advantage providedto leukemic mice by consuming Echinacea daily has been demonstrated and such an effect has been ascribed to natural killer (NK) cell stimulation and inhibition of the endogenous suppressors of NK cells (i.e., the prostaglandins) (Miller, 2005). However, despite the immunostimulatory effect that may be seen with short-term use, chronic long-term use (>6–8weeks) of Echinacea may be immunosuppressive ( Sparreboom et al., 2004) and enhances the myelosuppressive effects of chemotherapeutic agents, leading to medical complications.

Adverse Effects

Common adverse events with echinacea include headache, dizziness, nausea, constipation, gastrointestinal upset, and rash.
Rare reactions include dermatitis and anaphylaxis.

Source: The ASCO Post

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