There is no standard dose of echinacea. It depends in part on the form you use. For example, the usual dose range for pressed juice is 6-9 milliliters daily, and the usual dose range for tinctures (usually a solution of alcohol and herbal extract) is 0.75-1.5 milliliters daily. Standardized extracts have other specific doses.
Some people use echinacea tea, 6-8 ounces, four times daily. Echinacea appears to be most effective when started as soon as symptoms are noticed, taken many times a day, and used for seven to 10 days. It is possible that liquid forms of echinacea (such as alcohol or glycerin-based tinctures) might work better than capsules -- as they’re being swallowed, these liquids could have an antiviral effect on the mucous membranes of the back of the throat.
Is it bad to take too much echinacea?
Echinacea powder can come in many different strengths and dosages. It can also come mixed with other supplements. Follow the directions on the package. Only take the recommended dosage. Taking more than the recommended amount can be dangerous.
Most brands say you should avoid taking echinacea on an empty stomach. They recommend taking it with food or a large glass of water. Don’t take echinacea for more than a few weeks. The long-term safety has not been studied thoroughly.
Talk to your doctor before taking echinacea or other supplements. He or she can tell you if it will interfere with any other medicines you take. They can also recommend what dosage you should take.
How long does echinacea stay in your system?
Echinacea is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth in the short-term. Various liquid and solid forms of echinacea extract have been used safely for up to 10 days. There are also some products, such as Echinaforce (A. Vogel Bioforce AG, Switzerland) that have been used safely for up to 6 months.
Some side effects have been reported such as fever, nausea, vomiting, unpleasant taste, stomach pain, diarrhea, sore throat, dry mouth, headache, numbness of the tongue, dizziness, insomnia, disorientation, and joint and muscle aches. In rare cases, echinacea has been reported to cause inflammation of the liver.
Applying echinacea to the skin can cause redness, itchiness, or a rash.
Echinacea is most likely to cause allergic reactions in children and adults who are allergic to ragweed, mums, marigolds, or daisies. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking echinacea.
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