echinacea added to azithromycin is more effective than azithromycin alone in kids with recurrent tonsillitis

If your child suffers recurrent tonsillitis, then the king of immune herbs may help put an end to the pain.

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils that is usually caused by a viral infection but may also be because of a bacterial infection. Common conventional treatment for recurrent tonsillitis includes antibiotics like penicillin or azithromycin. But what happens when you add echinacea, the king of the immune herbs? That’s what researchers recently set out to find out.

300 children between the ages of 5 and 16 with recurrent tonsillitis were given either no treatment, azithromycin for 6 consecutive days for 6 consecutive months or azithromycin plus 250mg of Echinacea root powder extract 3 times a day for 10 days for 6 consecutive months.

The untreated kids had no improvement in the number of tonsillitis attacks. Both treatment groups had significantly fewer tonsillitis attacks, but the echinacea group had significantly fewer than the azithromycin group.

The untreated kids also had no improvement in the severity of their symptoms. Both treatment groups had less severe symptoms, but, again, the kids who added echinacea did significantly better, including for difficulty swallowing, fever, body aches and body aches.

This study seems to reveal the beneficial effects of echinacea for children with recurrent tonsillitis.


Am J Otolaryngol July-August 2020;41(4):102344


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