Curing the common cold?
October 25, 2005 -- Folk and herbal remedies are often used in the hope that they will
prevent the common cold or reduce the severity and duration of
symptoms. Yet, few of these compounds are evaluated scientifically.
In a related commentary, Ronald Turner of the University of Virginia School of Medicine recently evaluated Echinacea angustifolia as a preventive herbal product for the common cold (and found it did not work). He cautions physicians and the public about the difficulties of doing clinical studies of common viral infections, especially when the specific viruses are not identified.
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal
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