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Most Used Natural Products

0.9% of U.S. adults (2.3 million) used
echinacea

The number of adults in the United States using echinacea fell significantly between 2007 and 2012. Nearly 2.6 million fewer adults used echinacea in 2012 than in 2007.

People use echinacea as a dietary supplement for the common cold. However, the overall results of research on echinacea for the common cold—reducing its duration or severity— have been inconclusive.

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Adults

4 Citation: Clarke TC, Black LI, Stussman BJ, Barnes PM, Nahin RL. Trends in the use of complementary health approaches among adults: United States, 2002–2012. National health statistics reports; no 79. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (240KB PDF)

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Most Used Natural Products

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

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.

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Children

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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