South African Geranium
- What other names is Umckaloabo known by?
- What is Umckaloabo?
- How does Umckaloabo work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Umckaloabo.
Umckaloabo was first promoted in Britain in 1897 as a treatment for tuberculosis. It was marketed by Charles Henry Stevens and was known as "Stevens' Cure." It fell out of favor when antibiotics were developed in the mid-1900s.
These days umckaloabo is used for upper respiratory infections including bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, and the common cold. It is also used for sexually transmitted diseases including herpes and gonorrhea. Other uses include treatment of dysentery and diarrhea.
Likely Effective for...
- Bronchitis. Research shows that adults and children with bronchitis who start taking a specific Umckaloabo extract (Umckaloabo, EPs 7630, Schwabe GmBh, Germany) within 48 hours of feeling sick have fewer symptoms after 7 days of treatment. Some studies have also used extracts in tablet form. However, the tablets seemed to work only for adults, not children.
Possibly Effective for...
- Sore throat and swollen tonsils (tonsillopharyngitis). When given to children experiencing sore throat and swollen tonsils, Umckaloabo extract seems to significantly reduce pain and difficulty swallowing after 4 days of treatment.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Common cold. Early research suggests that taking Umckaloabo extract three times per day can help reduce symptoms and clear up the common cold after 10 days of treatment.
- Nasal swelling (sinusitis). Early research suggests that taking Umckaloabo extract three times per day helps reduce symptoms and clear up sinusitis after 21 days of treatment.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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