Herpes Infection

Based on the herb's antiviral activity against HSV-1 in vitro, it is also used in the treatment of herpes infections.

Genital herpes A prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial conducted over 1 year investigated the effects of an extract of the plant and root of E. purpurea (Echinaforce 800 mg twice daily) on the incidence and severity of genital herpes outbreaks in 50 patients (Vonau et al 2001 ). The study found no statistically significant benefit compared with placebo after 6 months of therapy.

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