What Is Umckaloabo?


Umckaloabo (Pelargonium sidoides)

Umckaloabo (Pelargonium sidoides) (Photo credit: to.wi)

A home herbal remedy from South Africa, umckaloabo is a plant that is often used in over-the-counter cold and flu medicines. Umckaloabo syrup can be used for sore throat, cough, and other ailments. The plant is also used for general respiratory health.

Acute bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections, the common cold, and tonsillopharyngitis may all be treated by umckaloabo. Known more commonly as Pelargonium sidoides or umcka, it may also be a viable remedy for acute rhinosinusitus. An antibacterial agent, the plant impedes bacteria from adhering to the mucus membranes.

Umckaloabo is available as a syrup as well as a cough drop or tablet for most of these uses. Its primary purpose when used as a home herbal remedy is to shorten the period of sickness, as well as to relieve the affected person’s symptoms. The remedy also helps break up mucus, fights bacteria, and works as an antiviral agent.

Known to stimulate the immune system, pelargonium sidoides also helps prevent the spread and growth of infection. Some people use the herbal remedy as an alternative to traditional antibiotics for this reason. Tuberculosis has also been successfully treated by the plant. A mainstream treatment in South Africa and surrounding areas, it is also used in Germany, England, and other countries.

via What Is Umckaloabo?.  (Dr Oz’s web site)

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Posted on October 8, 2011, in Health and wellness, Herbals. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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