Umckaloabo (Pelargonium sidoides) has been popular for years in Europe for the treatment of bronchitis. Actually, Pelargonium was being used for the treatment of tuberculosis back in the 1920’s and has since been used with success against infections of the sinus, throat and respiratory tract.
Pelargonium sidoides is a member of the geranium family and the alcohol extract of this plant have been found to have a three-way effect:
1. Anti-bacterial: The Umckaloabo extract prevents bacteria from attaching to cells in the mucous membranes.
2. Antiviral effect: Similarly, Umckaloabo 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.
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