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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredIf you're searching for a natural way to prevent colds and flu this season, watch this video in which Dr. Oz reveals the little-known herbal rememdy umckaloabo and how it can help you sail through the season illness-free.
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Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredPelargonium sidoides (umckaloabo) is a herbal extract sometimes used for treating acute respiratory tract infections where antibiotics are not warranted. It is available in both tablet and liquid forms. The evidence is very limited for the effectiveness of umckaloabo in treating acute respiratory tract infections, however. And it has not been demonstrated to benefit overall immune function.
Pelargonium sidoides, also known as umckaloabo, is a member of the geranium family and is native to South Africa. The name "umckaloabo" is derived from two Zulu words: umkhuhlane, meaning "fever- and cough-related diseases," and uhlabo, meaning "chest pain."
For centuries, the roots of Pelargonium sidoides have been used in traditional South African medicine for the treatment of respiratory diseases, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), and liver disorders. Extracts of the root have been available without prescription in German pharmacies since 1983 and have been widely used to treat infections of the sinus, throat, and respiratory tract. Recently, an aqueous formulation of the roots ofPelargonium sidoides called EPs 7630® has been studied in humans as a potential treatment for acute bronchitis, acute pharyngitis, and the common cold.
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