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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Geraniales
Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Pelargonium
Species: P. sidoides
Binomial name
Pelargonium sidoides

Pelargonium sidoides (Umckaloabo, South African Geranium) is a medicinal plant native to South Africa. Derivative inexpensive cold and flu medicines of various brands are widely available under the Umcka ("Umca" in Turkey) name.

Studies have suggested that extracts from the plant could be used in treating acute bronchitis[1][2], acute non-GABHS tonsillopharyngitis (sore throat) in children[3], and the common cold.[4] A systematic review of these findings by the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that extracts of the plant might be effective in treating adults for acute rhinosinusitis and the common cold in adults, but they noted that this conclusion is not certain. They also wrote that it might be effective in relieving the symptoms of acute bronchitis in adults and children, and also the symptoms of sinusitis in adults.[5] In February 2009 The United Kingdom's largest pharmaceutical retailer Boots Chemist ran glossy magazine adverts offering Pelargonium sidoides drops as a traditional herbal remedy under the brand name "Kaloba".

See Also


  1. ^ Matthys H, Eisebitt R, Seith B, Heger M (2003). "Efficacy and safety of an extract of Pelargonium sidoides (EPs 7630) in adults with acute bronchitis. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial". Phytomedicine 10 Suppl 4: 7–17. PMID 12807337. 
  2. ^ Chuchalin AG, Berman B, Lehmacher W (Nov 2005). "Treatment of acute bronchitis in adults with a pelargonium sidoides preparation (EPs 7630): a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial". EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing 1 (6): 437–445. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2005.08.009. PMID 16781588. 
  3. ^ Bereznoy VV, Riley DS, Wassmer G, Heger M (2003). "Efficacy of extract of Pelargonium sidoides in children with acute non-group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus tonsillopharyngitis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial". Alternative therapies in health and medicine 9 (5): 68–79. PMID 14526713. 
  4. ^ Lizogub VG, Riley DS, Heger M (2007). "Efficacy of a pelargonium sidoides preparation in patients with the common cold: a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial". EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing 3 (6): 573–584. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2007.09.004. PMID 18005909. 
  5. ^ Timmer A, Günther J, Rücker G, Motschall E, Antes G, Kern WV (2008). "Pelargonium sidoides extract for acute respiratory tract infections". Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008 (3): CD006323. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006323.pub2. PMID 18646148. 

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