Echinacea is an herb that so many people swear by for health benefits. The problem is, all the claims about the hybrid plant are mostly anecdotal because numerous scientists have said there hasn’t been solid confirmation about the herb’s benefits. However, there have been some negative reports about echinacea, and that the hybrid herb does a lot of damage to the human body. Below is an explanation.
Can cause liver damage: According to MedlinePlus and a report from Columbia University, taking echinacea can increase liver enzyme activity in the body, a symptom that can lead to liver damage in people.
It has been noted in the report, that many liver transplant patients were taking large doses of echinacea prior to their health issue.
Causes children to develop rashes: In 2003, a study that compared the efficacy of echinacea to a placebo in treating colds. Researchers followed more than 400 children over a four-month period, and found that most of the children treated with echinacea developed rashes all over their bodies. The children who didn’t take the herb didn’t develop any rashes.