Echinachea (2006) and Uveitis


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A small pilot study examined the value and safety of echinachea in mild forms of uveitis.

The researchers evaluated the results of treating 51 patients with steriod-dependent, low-grade, autoimmune, anterior or intermediate uveitis. The patients had been taking oral prednisone. 31 of the patients received 150mg echinachea two times a day, and 20 continued with the conventional steriod treament. After 9 months, follow up demonstrated that almost 90% of the patients receiving echinachea showed improvement and vision acuity and reduction of symptoms.

Researchers: Neri PG, Stagni E, Filippello M, Camillieri G, Giovannini A, Leggio GM, Drago F., Department of Neurosciences - Ophthalmology Section, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy.

Published: J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2006 Dec;22(6):431-6., Oral Echinacea purpurea extract in low-grade, steroid-dependent, autoimmune idiopathic uveitis: a pilot study.