Study finds no benefits from elderberry to treat flu

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 11, 2021 07:19 PM
Created: January 11, 2021 07:19 PM

Elderberry is a popular natural remedy during cold and flu season, but does it work? According to a new, small study, no.
Results suggest elderberry had no significant advantages over a placebo.

People who received elderberry and no other treatment actually had moderate to severe symptoms two days longer on average, than people taking only placebo.

These results contradict previous studies, so further research is needed.

"It's important to emphasize that right now, we don't have anything to treat the flu that works wonderfully well. Even the four standard treatments that are available only make you feel better about one day sooner and any medication also comes with some side effects, so I think it's important to try and prevent flu and get the flu vaccine," said Dr. Michael Macknin with Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

It’s recommended everyone age six months and older get a flu shot each year.

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