Echinacea: safe during pregnancy?

Q: Is echinacea safe to use during pregnancy?

A: Echinacea’s success at easing common cold and flu symptoms has been well-documented in recent years, and it has become a widely used herb all over the world. Echinacea, best known as an immune system booster, has over the past few decades been discovered to have a host of infection-fighting properties.

Researchers say it normalizes the number of white blood cells in the blood and helps them surround and destroy bacteria and viruses. It also slows the spread of infection to surrounding tissues and helps flush toxins away from infected areas.

Fortunately, echinacea is completely safe to take during pregnancy and lactation.

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