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Most Used Natural Products

0.4% of U.S. children (205,000) used

Echinacea fell in popularity, from being the top natural product used by U.S. children in 2007 to the fourth most popular natural product in 2012. Nearly 229,000 fewer children used echinacea in 2012 than in 2007.

People use echinacea as a dietary supplement for the common cold. However, it’s unclear if echinacea helps treat the common cold. Parents should be aware that many complementary health approaches have not been tested for safety or effectiveness in children.

Read more about echinacea.


5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)

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