Can echinacea prevent the common cold? Unfortunately, the jury’s still out on that

'Tis the season once more for the common cold to run amock in our families, with many of us turning to herbal supplements containing echinacea to fight them. Many folks claim that echinacea wards off colds, shortens the length of a cold or reduces the severity of their symptoms. Echinacea has an ancient pedigree that runs back hundreds, if not thousands of years.

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