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Pelargonium sidoides, also known as African geranium, is a powerful medicinal herb. African geranium is a plant-derived pharmaceutical sold under the brand names Umckaloabo and Kaloban. The herb is highly effective for treating acute bronchitis. It helps your body heal faster. Studies have shown that within seven days of Pelargonium sidoides supplementation, about 40-60% of people suffering from acute bronchitis resolve their symptoms completely.

Some patients reported seeing benefits after 2-3 days. Even those who are not entirely healed after seven days still benefit from taking Pelargonium sidoides as it manages the symptoms of bronchitis, including fever, headaches, fatigue, chest pain, coughing, rhinitis, nasal drip, etc. Preliminary evidence shows Pelargonium sidoides may reduce the duration of common colds while treating symptoms. Also, it will provide benefits for those suffering from lung disorders through easing flare-ups in symptoms.

The herb boasts anti-infective properties. It’s able to prevent bacteria from adhering to your cells, help combat viruses, and enhance your immune system. Pelargonium sidoides can combat Helicobacter pylori infection— the stomach bacteria causing stomach ulcers. It can also reduce the replication of the herpes simplex virus.

Here’s everything you need to know about Pelargonium sidoides.

Pelargonium sidoides health benefits

The majority of research on Pelargonium is still limited to test-tube studies. Pelargonium sidoides extracts have been discovered to neutralize specific viruses and bacteria. However, there remains uncertainty as to whether the same effects can be obtained with plant-derived extracts. Therefore, one could say that current research and evidence are mixed.

Sinusitis and colds

In 2013, Researchers analyzed old published research and found that Pelargonium sidoides may reduce the duration of sinus or cold infections. Despite such findings, the same authors agreed that the evidence was still not good enough. In another study, scientists evaluated several different studies reviewing the efficiency of Pelargonium, echinacea, and similar herbal medicines in treating various respiratory tract infections in children. While echinacea failed to offer relief, the Pelargonium sidoides herb demonstrated adequate evidence for effectiveness in treating moderate respiratory infections.

Acute bronchitis

The herb may help relieve bronchitis symptoms, suggests a study from Germany. Recent evidence suggests that an oral extract of Pelargonium sidoides could provide moderate relief from bronchitis in children. Previous results, however, were distorted due to poor research.

Pelargonium sidoides side effects

When it comes to Pelargonium sidoides, the safety concerns of the herb are widely untested. Generally cited adverse effects may include stomach upset, heartburn, and nausea. Pelargonium sidoides boasts a substance called coumarin, which acts as an anticoagulant, i.e., blood thinner. Due to this, we recommend you avoid consuming Pelargonium sidoides with prescription anticoagulants (e.g., warfarin) as it may lead to extreme bleeding. Also, for similar reasons, you’re advised to stop using Pelargonium sidoides at least a week or two before surgery or dental procedures. Due to safety studies’ limitations, Pelargonium sidoides remedies should not be used by pregnant women or nursing mothers.

Pelargonium sidoides dosage and preparation

The following doses have been tested in thorough research:

For Adults

By mouth:

  •     For a common cold:

Capsules: Take 1 capsule two times a day with water or favorite beverage.

Tea:

  1. Add 8-10 pieces of root and bark to boiling water and let it boil for five minutes.
  2. Allow the water to cool.
  3. Strain
  4. Consume three times a day.
  •     For bronchitis:

Capsules: Take 1 capsule two times a day with water or favorite beverage.

Tea:

  1. Add 8-10 pieces of root and bark to boiling water and let it boil for five minutes.
  2. Allow the water to cool.
  3. Strain
  4. Consume three times a day for a week.
  •     For chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD):

Capsules: Take 1 capsule two times a day with water or favorite beverage.

Tea:

  1. Add 8-10 pieces of root and bark to boiling water and let it boil for five minutes.
  2. Allow the water to cool.
  3. Strain
  4. Consume three times a day for 24 weeks.

For Children

By mouth:

  •     For a common cold:

Tea:

  1. Add 5-8 pieces of root and bark to boiling water and let it boil for five minutes.
  2. Allow the water to cool.
  3. Strain
  4. Consume three times a day for five days.
  •     For bronchitis:

Tea:

  1. Add 5-8 pieces of root and bark to boiling water and let it boil for five minutes.
  2. Then, allow the water to cool.
  3. Strain
  4. In kids age twelve years or less, consume three times a day for seven days.
  •     For swollen tonsils and sore throat in kids (6-10 years):

Tea:

  1. Add 5-8 pieces of root and bark to boiling water and let it boil for five minutes.
  2. Allow the water to cool.
  3. Strain
  4. Consume three times a day for one week.

Are there any interactions with medications?

Pelargonium sidoides may enhance the immune system. However, consuming the herb and some medications that reduce the immune system may also reduce such medications’ effectiveness.

Medications that reduce the immune system include basiliximab (Simulect), azathioprine (Imuran), cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral), muromonab-CD3 (OKT3, daclizumab (Zenapax), mycophenolate (CellCept), Orthoclone (OKT3), tacrolimus (Prograf, FK506), prednisone (Orasone, Deltasone), sirolimus (Rapamune), and glucocorticoids, among many others.

Conclusion

Pelargonium sidoides is one of several types of geranium that can be consumed by mouth. Its flowers have a slightly peppery flavor and a nice fragrant, while the leaves boast a pleasantly grassy, sour taste. Fresh Pelargonium sidoides can also be used in tea by steeping 1/4 cup of the root in boiling water. Many believe that sipping Pelargonium sidoides tea may help ease indigestion. However, steer clear of flowers and leaves that have been exposed to chemical fertilizers or sprayed with pesticides. In terms of medicinal use, the Pelargonium sidoides herb’s root is highly beneficial rather than its leaves, stems, or blossoms.

 

Other benefits:

Acute bronchitis

Tuberculosis

Respiratory tract infections

Fevers

Kidney diseases

Common cold

Sore throat

Swollen tonsils

 

Origin: South Africa

Ingredients: Wild harvested Pelargonium sidoides

Parts Used: Root

Forms: Two ounces of cut or 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).

 

The gel caps we use are Vegicaps (vegetable) and are all-natural. No Animal By-Products, Starch Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Ethylene Oxide, and Sulfite FREE!

Legal Information: The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Cut (2oz), Capsule (s) 60 Vegicaps

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