Echinacea spp

Pilkington, Karen and CAM-Cancer Consortium, . (2012) Echinacea spp. Documentation. CAM-Cancer Consortium (Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer), CAM-Cancer Database.

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Echinacea (coneflower) products are herbal preparations derived from the root and above ground parts of the flowering plants Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea pallida and Echinacea angustifolia. Echinacea has a long history of medicinal use and is widely used in the treatment and prevention of upper respiratory tract infections. Claims in relation to cancer are that it can boost the immune system, reduce the adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and has some anticancer effects. In vitro studies have suggested immunostimulating and anti-cancer activity of various constituents of echinacea. However, clinical studies investigating these effects have been limited by small sample sizes, lack of a control group or use of combination products. Echinacea is generally well-tolerated with the most frequently reported adverse effects being gastrointestinal upsets and rashes. Theoretically, echinacea may interact with immunosuppressive drugs and with metabolism of drugs via the cytochrome P450 system. In summary, there is currently insufficient evidence to support or refute the claims for echinacea in relation to cancer management.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Life Sciences, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 09:35
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 09:28

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