A new study indicates that the herb echinacea may prevent colds and could even reduce the symptoms of colds. The study is a meta-analysis, which means it compiles and reviews the results of other studies. This meta-analysis looked at 14 different studies, with a total of 1,600 patients.
A study of echinacea in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005 indicated that the herb did not prevent the rhinovirus, but that is was just looking at one of many viruses that cause the common cold.
Although it sounds like good news generally, lupus patients should be wary of adding any new supplement to their medication regimen. Some alternative therapies can have harmful side effects for lupus patients, so make sure you speak with your doctor before starting any new supplement or medication, even over-the-counter ones.