Echinaforce® Echinacea Drops
A herbal remedy for colds and flu
Echinaforce® is a herbal remedy used for the symptomatic relief of colds, influenza type infections and similar upper respiratory tract conditions.
It helps the body fight the symptoms of these infections by supporting the immune system, helping to maintain the body's resistance.
Benefits and features of Echinaforce®
- Helps fight the misery of colds and flu
- Strengthens the immune system
- Made from Echinacea purpurea
- Fresh herb extract
Echinaforce® is produced using extracts of freshly harvested, organically grown Echinacea purpurea herb and root, picked fresh and used within 24 hours of harvest. The benefit of using freshly harvested herbs has been demonstrated in research - extracts produced from fresh plants contain almost 3 times more active substances compared with those obtained from equivalent amounts of dried herb*.
This is why, when you need a herbal remedy to help you fight the misery of colds and flu, not all Echinaceas are the same.
What are Echinaforce® Echinacea Drops?
Echinaforce® is a herbal remedy made from fresh extracts of Echinacea purpurea herb (95%) and Echinacea purpurea root (5%). It is available as drops (tincture in 30ml, 50ml & 100ml bottles) and as tablets (60 & 120 tablets):
Echinaforce® Echinacea Drops: This is the original Echinacea extract formulated by Alfred Vogel and contains the tinctures of Echinacea purpurea herb and root. 0.6ml drops contains the equivalent of 285mg whole fresh plant. Also contains 65%v/v ethanol.
Echinaforce® Echinacea Tablets: This is the tabletted version of Echinaforce® Echinacea Drops. Each tablet contains the extract of Echinacea purpurea herb and root equivalent to 270mg whole fresh plant. Also contains lactose, starch, magnesium stearate.
Echinacea is a plant native to America but is now cultivated extensively in Europe. The plants used to produce Echinaforce® are cultivated organically in Switzerland at our own herb farms.
Up to 10 species of Echinacea have been identified, but only three (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea pallida) are used medicinally. Echinacea purpurea, the species used in Echinaforce®, is considered to be the most widely researched.
Echinacea when pregnant or breastfeeding
There is no evidence to suggest that using any Echinacea product during pregnancy or breastfeeding will be harmful to the unborn or newborn child. However it is advisable to consult your healthcare practitioner before taking any medication, herbal or otherwise, whilst pregnant.
Echinaforce® side effects
Do not use Echinaforce® Echinacea Drops or Tablets if you are:
- Allergic to products containing Echinacea
- Pregnant - consult your healthcare practitioner first
- Breastfeeding - consult your healthcare practitioner first
Individuals who suffer from any form of autoimmune disease must pleae consult their healthcare practitioner before using this product.
Dosage and directions
Adults: 20 drops of tincture in a small amount of water, once daily.
Children (from 4 years): One drop per year of age ie 5 drops for a 5 year old, 8 for an 8 year old, in a small amount of water, 2 to 3 times daily.
Adults: 20 drops in a small amount of water, 3 to 5 times daily
Children (from 4years): One drop per year of age, 3 times daily
Echinaforce® Echinacea drops and tablets are for oral use only. For external use of an Echinacea extract, please see our page on Echinacea cream.
Do not take more than the recommended dose. Taking too much (overdose) is unlikely to be harmful.
FAQ: Echinaforce® Echinacea Drops & Tablets
1. What are the health benefits of Echinaforce® Echinacea?
Echinaforce® Echinacea Drops and Tablets may be used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and flu, helping the body fight these and other similar infections of the upper respiratory tract.
2. How does it work?
Echinaforce® works by strengthening the body's immune system - the benefit of this is that the body is able to fight infections better.
3. Are summer colds different from ordinary common colds experienced during the winter?
No, these are similar infections. However, summer colds may give rise to more symptoms relating to the throat (irritated, sore or tickly throat) because of the prevalence of air-conditioning. Nevertheless, summer and winter colds behave in the same way and there are no differences seen with the benefits of using Echinaforce® Echinacea.
4. How do I know if I have the flu?
It can sometimes be difficult to tell. Flu (or influenza) produces similar symptoms to the common cold but these are usually more severe. In addition, you may experience fever, sweats and muscle aches.
5. Can I take Echinaforce® if I've had the flu jab or vaccination?
There are no contraindications to the use of Echinaforce® Echinacea drops or tablets either before or after the flu vaccination.
6. What about swine flu, bird flu and any other new flu infections that may come our way during the winter?
Swine flu, avian flu (bird flu) and other variants of flu are all infections caused by the influenza virus. Echinaforce® will help strengthen the immune system and relieve the symptoms of these infections in the same way it does with other flu infections or the common cold.
7. What is a head cold?
There really is no proper definition for the term 'head cold'. It is a commonly used expression usually indicating that symptoms, such as a blocked nose or sore throat, are confined to the head.
Echinaforce® Echinacea Drops