V.  Side Effects Discussed on the WWW

       There is little evidence to suggest that Echinacea has any adverse or harmful side effects.  Some claim Echinacea to be “one of the least toxic plants on the planet.”  When taken in large doses, some have complained of minor skin rashes and irritated throats.  A one half degree raise in body temperature is sometimes reported when Echinacea is injected directly into the blood stream (http://www.islandnet.com/~eclectic/pharm.html).  Paul Bergner claims that Echinacea is responsible for some more severe and life threatening side effects.  In one such case, Bergner claimed that a woman received severe kidney inflammation because of an intense Echinacea regimen.  She was reportedly admitted to the hospital for dialysis.  Bergner also claims that a woman suffering from lupus reported her symptoms getting worse upon treatment with Echinacea (http://medherb.com/92ECHAUT.HTM).



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