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PELARGONIUM SIDOIDES
Articles by a Naturopathic Doctor ( N.D.)

What is Pelargonium Sidoides?

Pelargonium Sidoides (umcka)

Umcka is effective for treating bronchitis & other upper respiratory tract infections. 
A species of geranium unique to South Africa, Pelargonium Sidoides also goes by the name Umckaloabo (or Umcka). Umckaloabo has been used to treat the common cold and flu virus – working to alleviate sinus inflammation and congestion and sore throat, especially useful in cases of childhood infection that do not always respond well to antibiotic treatment, such as in Staph Aureus infection.
Umcka has also been shown to effectively treat bronchitis and other upper respiratory tract infections. It has been shown to significantly and effectively shorten the duration of acute stage bacterial and viral infections.

Anti-viral action, Anti-bacterial action and more... the immune super power!
Studies have shown that Umckaloabo has both antibacterial and anti-viral effects in the body, thanks in large part to two major constituents; coumarins and gallic acid. Umckaloabo has been shown in studies to prevent both viruses and bacteria from attaching to the cells in the mucous membranes (sinuses, throat and respiratory tract), thereby preventing both bacteria and viruses from replicating. Studies have also confirmed that Umckaloabo activates macrophages within the body. These cells are responsible for engulfing and digesting pathogens, as well as recruiting other lymphocytes within the body to respond to pathogens. When there is excess mucous congestion, usually thick and sticky, in the sinuses, throat and chest it is a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses to multiply. Umckaloabo is an expectorant herb, meaning that any infection that does manage to attach itself is ultimately expelled within this contaminated mucous. This further eliminates the potential for these infections to grow. Gallic acid has also been shown to be immunomodulatory, meaning that Umckaloabo helps to balance out the immune system, regulating the inflammatory process.

How do I use it?
Umckaloabo can be found on its own in liquid, both by the drop or in a syrup form, in various tasty flavours. When using drops of the standardized root extract, adults are recommended to take 30 drops 3 times per day. Children ages 6-12 are advised to take 20 drops, 3 times per day. Umckaloabo can also be paired with other immune system herbs. Some complimenting herbs include elderberry, andrographis and echinacea. Umckaloabo works best when taken within 48 hours of the start of cold and or flu symptoms. Talk to your healthcare professional before combining Umckaloabo with warfarin or other anticoagulant medications, although not universally the case, some individuals have found it to have blood thinning effects. Due to a lack of data, it is not advised during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

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PELARGONIUM SIDOIDES – QUICK FACTS

APPLICATIONS

·  Cold and Flu, Sore throat, Sinus congestion, Bronchitis.

OPTIMUM DOSAGE

· Follow label instructions. Look for a standardized product.

WORKS WELL WITH

·  Elderberry, Andrographis, Echinacea, Vitamin C.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

·  Use caution when taking warfarin or anti-coagulant medication at the same time as taking Umckaloabo, as there may be additive effects. Not recommended during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

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