echinacea helps anxiety

Echinacea is the best known immune herb. Is it also the least known anti-anxiety herb?

Echinacea is the king of the immune herbs. Could it also be an important psychological herb? Strangely, the answer could be yes.

Echinacea is not at all known as an anti-anxiety herb. But something surprising happened when people with anxiety were given echinacea in a double-blind study.

The echinacea used was an Echinacea angustifolia root extract. Everybody in the study got either 40mg of the extract or a placebo twice a day.

Anxious reactions to adverse situations (state anxiety) went down by 11 points in the echinacea group but by only 3 points in the placebo group. That means that echinacea had a significant anti-anxiety effect. Echinacea had less of an effect on the personality tendency toward anxiety (trait anxiety), but it was superior to placebo in people who had high anxiety scores.

This surprising result suggests that echinacea may not just be a great immune herb, it may offer significant anti-anxiety relief at the same time.


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