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Pelargonium sidoides, also known as African geranium, is a powerful medicinal herb. It’s also sold under the brand names Umckaloabo and Kaloban as a plant-derived pharmaceutical. The herb is highly effective for treating acute bronchitis. It helps your body heal faster. Studies have shown that within 7 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. Those who aren’t healed after 7 days still reap benefits from Pelargonium sidoides supplementation, as it treats the symptoms linked to bronchitis, including fever, headache, fatigue, chest pain, coughing, rhonchi, nasal dripping, 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. Within this capacity, Pelargonium sidoides extracts are said to neutralize specific viruses and bacteria. It remains uncertain whether the same effects can be obtained by incorporating a plant extract. You could say the 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 any 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. Similar to previous studies, some evidence of its efficiency was notable, but the results were sort of skewed due to poor research. As per recent evidence, researchers demonstrated that an oral extract of Pelargonium sidoides could provide moderate relief of bronchitis in kids.

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 prior to surgery or dental procedures. Considering the limitations of safety studies, Pelargonium sidoides remedies shouldn’t be used by pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children.

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 2 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 2 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 2 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 5 days.

●     For bronchitis:

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. In kids age twelve years or less, consume three times a day for 7 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. Consuming the herb, along with some medications that reduce the immune system, may also reduce the effectiveness of such medications.

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

Most types of geranium can be consumed by mouth, and the Pelargonium sidoides is no exception. 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 hot water. Many believe that sipping Pelargonium sidoides tea may help ease indigestion. 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 said to be 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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