Echi­nacea as­sessed

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

THE Euro­pean Medicines Agency (EMA) has pub­lished the re­sults of its as­sess­ment of tra­di­tional medicine echi­naceae pal­l­i­dae radix con­ducted by the Com­mit­tee on Herbal Medic­i­nal Prod­ucts (HMPC).

Also known as pale cone­flower root, prod­ucts con­tain­ing this sub­stance have been deemed safe by the HMPC and can be used with­out risk for re­lief of symp­toms of the com­mon cold.

Al­though there is in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence from clin­i­cal tri­als, the ef­fec­tive­ness of these herbal medicines is plau­si­ble and there is ev­i­dence that they have been used safely in this way for at least 30 years.

In ad­di­tion, used in this way, med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion is not needed, tha HPMC said.

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