Monograph: Echinacea purpurea

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This monograph is intended to serve as a guide to industry for the preparation of Product Licence Applications (PLAs) and labels for natural health product market authorization. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the medicinal ingredient. Notes: (i) Text in parentheses is additional optional information which can be included on the PLA and product label at the applicant's discretion. (ii) The solidus (/) indicates that the terms and/or the statements are synonymous. Either term or statement may be selected by the applicant. (iii) A claim for traditional use must include the term " Herbal Medicine"
Date: 2018-12-18

NHPID name

Echinacea purpurea ( Germplasm Resources Information Network Taxonomy )

Proper name(s)

Echinacea purpurea ( USDA 2012 )

Common name(s)

Source material

Route Of administration


Dosage form(s)

Use(s) or purpose(s)

Statement(s) to the effect of:




1 Day per day

Directions for use: Take at the first sign of infection.

Duration of use

Consult a health care practitioner/health care provider/health care professional/doctor/physician for use beyond 8 weeks.  (ESCOP 2003, Blumenthal et al. 2000)

Risk information

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Caution(s) and Warning(s): Contraindication(s): No statement is required Known Adverse Reaction(s): Stop use if hypersensitivity/allergy occurs.

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural health products ingredients database and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.


References cited

References reviewed

Appendix 1: Examples of appropriate dosage preparations, frequencies of use and directions for use (for adults only)

Aerial parts:

Dried aerial parts:

2.5 - 6 g, per day (Mills and Bone 2000)

Pressed juice:


Dried root:

1.5 - 4.5 g, per day (Mills and Bone 2000)


Preparations containing aerial parts and root:

Fluid extract:

3 - 5.5 g dried equivalent, per day (1:1, 3 - 5.5 ml) (Mills and Bone 2000)