Randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled trial of Echinacea supplementation in air travellers

Tiralongo, E., Lea, Rod A., Wee, S. S., Hanna, M. M., & Griffiths, Lyn R. (2012) Randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled trial of Echinacea supplementation in air travellers. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012(2012), pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

Objective. To identify whether a standardised Echinacea formulation is effective in the prevention of respiratory and other symptoms associated with long-haul flights. Methods. 175 adults participated in a randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled trial travelling back from Australia to America, Europe, or Africa for a period of 1–5 weeks on commercial flights via economy class. Participants took Echinacea (root extract, standardised to 4.4 mg alkylamides) or placebo tablets. Participants were surveyed before, immediately after travel, and at 4 weeks after travel regarding upper respiratory symptoms and travel-related quality of life. Results. Respiratory symptoms for both groups increased significantly during travel (

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ID Code: 62530
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1155/2012/417267
ISSN: 1741-4288
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 the authors
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2013 00:43
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2014 02:33

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