News Flash: Echinacea doesn’t work

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

If you are one of the millions of people who take echinacea to battle the common cold, a new report suggests you can stop wasting your money because echinacea does not work!

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin tested over 700 patients who were showing symptoms of a cold.  They divided them into two groups: one group given echinacea and the other group a placebo.  In the end, there was no dramatic difference in the outcomes.

Echinacea has become big business.  This year alone, Americans have spent  over $132 million on the herbal remedy.  The best advice when you feel a cold coming on: skip the echinacea, stay home, rest and drink plenty of fluids.  Do not go to work, you’ll only wind up getting everyone else sick.

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