(ChatterShmatter) – A new study on one of the most popular herbal remedies, echinacea has shown that when it comes to preventing the common cold it is worthless.
The common cold is by far and away a huge money maker for drug makers because those who come down with it will try anything to ease symptoms that include stuffy noses, scratchy throats and watery eyes.
This new study, from Dr. Bruce Barrett and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin was to determine if echinacea could reduce the risk of developing a common cold.
More than 700 people participated in the study and the results were not good.
There was no statistical advantage when it came to people who took the herbal remedy when it came to reducing their risk of developing a cold.
“It’s not a compelling result in either direction,” said Mark Blumenthal, executive director of the American Botanical Council.