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What is echinacea?

Echinacea is a group of flowers, related to daisies, sometimes also called coneflowers. Different members of this group are used in herbal medicines to stimulate the body’s immune system. Scientific studies on the effectiveness of echinacea are contradictory, however, as some have shown clear effects in the prevention of or shortening of the length of colds, while others have concluded that it is mostly ineffective.


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