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For hundreds of years the Zulu, Basuto, Xhosa and Mfengi cultures have used Pelargonium sidoides as a curative for coughs, upper respiratory tract irritations and gastrointestinal concerns. Today, with the advantages of modern science and clinical research, we are able to better understand what makes this traditional remedy work so effectively.
Its success is attributed to impressive clinical results, high consumer satisfaction and a fascinating history that has its roots in South African heritage and culture.
The name Umckaloabo as it is most commonly known in Europe and USA, originates from the Zulu language meaning "heavy cough" but it is not used or associated in its traditional range. “Umckaloabo“ was given to Pelargonium sidoides by Europeans.
Extracts of the root (Umckaloabo) have been available in German pharmacies since 1983 without prescription and have found widespread usage against infections of the sinus, throat and respiratory tract.
Pelargonium sidoides occurs throughout the eastern Cape, Lesotho, Free State and southern and southwestern Gauteng in the Republic of South Africa.
Pelargonium sidoides is used as an alternative to conventional antibiotics or/and as a supplement with antibiotic medication. Traditionally it is also used for acute and chronic ear, nose and throat infections, bronchitis, colds and flu, coughs, gastrointestinal complains, fatigue, fevers, pneumonia, respiratory infections, rhinopharyngitis, sinusitis, sore throats, tonsillitis and weakness.
How it works:
Works differently. While most other cough, cold and sinus medications simply mask outward symptoms, the mechanisms and actions of Pelargonium sidoides actually support faster recovery.
Among the Zulu, the word "umKhulkane' denotes to respiratory infection and 'uHlabo' roughly means chest pain, an indication that it is used for thiese idications.
Shortens Duration and Reduces Severity:
Clinical trials show that Pelargonium sidoides shortens the duration and reduces the severity of upper respiratory irritations.
In a physician assessment of adults and children suffering from common cold, chest and throat irritations, was rated effective in nearly 90% of cases!
How a Zulu remedy became a best-
With phenomenal growth, it's gone from being an obscure herbal remedy to become one of Germany's top new medicines. In the past two years sales have jumped over 700%-
A Fascinating Story:
In 1897, an Englishman named Charles Stevens went to South Africa hoping to cure himself of tuberculosis. He consulted with a Basuto tribal healer who gave him a decoction of a local medicinal plant. Fully recovered, Charles Stevens returned to England with his mysterious remedy -
In 1920, a former missionary doctor, Adrien Sechehaye, learned of Steven's cure. During the next nine years he treated over 800 patients in Switzerland with a homeopathic preparation of the medicine. In 1929 he published the medical case studies.
But with the introduction of synthetic tuberculosis drugs, Steven’s remedy became largely forgotten in Western medicine until its recent "rediscovery" by European researchers.
What the Basuto healer gave Charles Stevens was a traditional remedy made from the roots of Pelargonium sidoides.
Chemistry & Pharmacology and active ingredients:
The bioactive ingredients in P.sidoides are the tri-
Gallic acid and its methyl ester are present in large amounts. These were identified as the prominent immunomodulatory principle for this herbal medicine. Macrophage activation was confirmed by an in vitro study based on Leishmania parasites (Phytother Res 2001 Mar; 15(2): 122-
The traditional use of Pelargonium sidoides for coughs and chest troubles may be explained by the presence of essential oils.
Extracts of Pelargonium sidoides have clear antibacterial characteristics against Streptococci, Staphylococci and Bacillus cereus.
Pelargonium sidoides is also rich in phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that enhance the body’s functioning and protects it against diseases.
The alcoholic extract of the root has been shown to have a three-
2.) Antiviral effect: Similarly, Pelargonium sidoides prevents viruses from attaching to the mucous membrane cells and stimulates the body’s immune system in such a way that both bacteria and viruses are prevented from multiplying.
3.) Expectorant: the extract acts as an expectorant, allowing the body to expel contaminated mucous making conditions less suitable for the multiplication of the bacteria and viruses.
The results of a study conducted at the Institut fur Pharmazie,Pharmazeutische Biologie, Germany, on the immunomodulatory principles of Pelargonium sidoides, provide a rational basis for both the traditional and the present utilization of Pelargonium sidoides in the claimed conditions.
Common names: Kalwerbossie, Rabassam (Afr), Umckaloabo (Europe, USA), umKhulkane, uHlabo (Zulu).
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