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Scientific Name:
Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia, E. pallida
Family Name:
Asteraceae/Compositae
Common Name:
echinacea
Safety Data
Pregnancy & Lactation
A review of available literature reported that data regarding the efficacy and safety of Echinacea purpurea during pregnancy give conflicting results and are often heterogeneous and with no clear conclusions. Sarecka-Hujar 2022
According to the Drugs and Lactation Database, echinacea has no specific uses during breastfeeding; is well tolerated with gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, constipation, skin rash, and allergic reactions rarely reported; and may affect metabolism of some drugs metabolized by P450 enzymes. Some sources indicate it is safe in recommended doses, while others recommend avoiding during breastfeeding because of the lack of published safety data. [No authors listed] 2021
An entry in the Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) states that echinacea (E. angustifolia, E. purpurea, and E. pallida) has no specific use during breastfeeding and that no data exists for its safety and efficacy in nursing mothers or infants, while some sources proclaim its safety and others recommend avoiding its use due to lack of published data. [No authors listed] 2021
History of Record
ORIGINAL RESEARCH BY: Soaring Bear, Ph.D.
May 1999
MAJOR REVISION BY: J. Mohanasundarum, MD, PhD
January 2010
LATEST UPDATES BY: Julie Dennis
December 2022