Re: [gardeners] echinaceae

jaime (
Fri, 6 Feb 1998 07:59:35 -0400

Barb Rothenberger wrote:

> 	I'm currently suffering from a horrible cold and am trying something new -
> to me, at least.  I've read that taking echinaceae could help shorten the
> length of time you have the cold.  I'm also trying zinc lozens.  Felt
> pretty rotten all day yesterday, not as bad this morning, but could be
> becasue I wentto bed at 7:30 last night!
> 	Anyway, interested to know if anyone else had tried this remedy. 
> Barb

After reading a number of research articles on the positive 
results of echinacea and zinc on a number of health-related 
things, I decided to try it.  I take the NOW brand Elder-Zinc on 
the advice of both my doctor, pharmacist and herbalist friend.  
All three like this one because of the balance between 
elderberry, zinc, echinacea and Vit. C.    Then my mother (75 
y.o.) got a terrible cold and her herbalist friend recommended 
the same to her.  It did not lessen the cold symptoms as much as 
shortened the life of the cold.  She was markedly better in 
about 5 days as opposed to 10-14 days.

Then I got the killer flu.  I still have it.  It has been 
consistently turning into pneumonia (according to a growing 
number of people who have contracted the damned thing).  I upped 
my Elder-Zinc dosage to their recommended 2 lozenges every 4 
hours for intensive use.  I was doing great.  I sort of forgot 
to take them the past several days and now I have pneumonia.  
Needless to say, I'm back on it.

Medical research has been showing pretty strong evidence that 
zinc does shorten the life of colds.