Echinacea, Vitamin C Fight Common Cold, COPD
By FoodConsumer — From foodconsumer.org June 16, 2011 2,552 2
Quite some studies have demonstrated that echinacea helps the common cold and it may also help those whose health condition may be affected by infections.
A recent study showed the alternative medicine helped relieve exacerbations of chronic-obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) induced by upper respiratory tract infections. The results suggest that the herbal remedy may also helped fight upper respiratory tract infections like the common cold.
For the study, F. Isvaniah and colleagues from University of Indonesia and colleagues gave patients ciprofloxacin for seven days and then ether an echinacea tablet, an echinacea tablet along with supplements of vitamin C and zinc and selenium or a placebo once a day for 14 days.
Those who received both echinacea and micronutrients like vitamin C, selenium and zinc experienced significantly less severe and shorter exacerbation episodes after an upper respiratory tract infection such as the common cold, compared with those on the placebo and those on echinacea alone.
The study in the Nov 10, 2010 issue of Journal of clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics suggests that echinacea when taken along with other micro-nutrients such as vitamin C, selenium and zinc can significantly alleviate exacerbation symptoms caused by an upper respiratory tract infection like the common cold in COPD patients.