When taking Echinacea for the first time, always start with a low dose for a few days, to assure that there is no individual sensitivity. Then dose can be gradually increased to full dose.
Suggested Dose Schedule
1- Tonic Dose. Quantity 10 drops/day of tincture, 2 capsules/day, 1 tablet/day, up to 9 months, as needed.
2- Maintenance Dose. 20 drops2x/day of tincture, 2 capsules2x/day, 1 tablet2x/day. up to 2 months.
3- Protective Dose. 1 dropperful 23x/day, 2 capsules 3-4x/day, 2 tablets 2x/day, 10 days on, 4 days off, for up to 3 cycles.
4- Full Course. 1-2 droppersful every 2 hours, 3-4 capsules every 2 hours, 1-2 tablets every 2 hours, 10 days maximum, then use protective dose.
Not recommended for children.
There are good reasons to assume that echinacea works best during a ten day course. German researchers have found that the stimulation of phagocytosis last only 10 days, both viral doses and when injected. After this time, the immune system may become accustomed to large doses and at least the enhanced phagocytosis, an important aspect of blood purification, drops to just above normal. This corresponds with my own experience. Interestingly, the German researcher found that the maximum immune stimulation came between 3 to 6 days after the first dose was taken. In other words, echinacea may take at least one day before it ‘kicks in”. That is why it is best to begin taking it immediately when one feels a cool or flu ‘COMING ON”.
It has been my experience that it is important to keep talking echinacea for 48 hours after the symptoms of a cold, flu or infection disappear, or a relapse may occur.
For external applications, use echinacea salve or ointment or apply the liquid extract to a cotton pad and fix it in place, or make a tea of the root of leaves and apply in a similar fashion. Be sure to change the dressing often for acute infections.
However, no herbal remedy will work for everyone 100% of the time. Also, any natural remedy works better when combined with healthy habits.