Learn the Herbs: Umckaloabo
Today we will talk about a South African plant that has many medicinal properties,but is not very well known. It is called Umckaloabo.
Its scientific name, Pelargonium Sidoides, is even harder to get used to than its general name. Other common names of this medicinal plant are: South African Geranium, Rabassam and Kalwerbossie.
Umckaloabo is a plant of the Geraniaceae family, the geraniums, with simple, sparse or opposite veined leaves. It has heart-shaped leaves and tiny red or dark fuchsia flowers. Its root is used for medicinal purposes.
Properties of Umckaloabo
Umckaloabo has a long history of traditional use in South Africa to help assist with respiratory problems. Currently, several brands of drugs on the market contain this medicinal plant, which has effective results. It is also available in the form of tincture and capsules.
Umckaloabo works to alleviate many infections, as it is a powerful antibacterial, one of its most proven properties.
Umckaloabo is also a potent antiviral that stimulates the secretion of interferons, which play an essential role in eliminating viruses.
As if that weren't enough, Pelargonium Sidoides is also an effective immune system booster. It stimulates, regulates and strengthens the entire immune system of our body and helps prevent possible diseases.
Since Umckaloabo is an antibiotic, antiviral, and immune booster, one of the most widely marketed products is its root syrup.
Benefits of Umckaloabo
For Respiratory Infections
Unlike most natural or pharmacological medications for the upper respiratory tract, Umckaloabo goes directly to what causes the disease instead of attacking the symptoms. This is why the dry extract of its root is becoming a popular remedy for colds.
Thanks to its double antibacterial and antiviral action, the root extract of this plant can kill a good number of germs and viruses that cause these typical discomforts of the coldest times of the year. It is recommended given its scientifically proven efficacy in cases of sore throat, bronchitis, colds and flu.
For the Immune System
Due to its antiviral properties, Umckaloabo prevents viruses from adhering to the mucous membrane cells and stimulates the immune system so that it does not allow viruses and batteries to multiply.
In adults and children over 12 years of age, Umckaloabo's recommended dose is 20 - 30 drops, diluted in a liquid such as water or natural juice, 2 or 3 times a day. For its preparation at home, an infusion is required. In a cup of boiling water, add one or two leaves of Pelargoniumídos and let it rest for 5 minutes.
Umckaloabo acts as an expectorant, clearing the airways. It helps to improve mucociliary defenses and to stimulate the expulsion of contaminating pathogens present in mucus.
For the Common Cold
It is rich in phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that improve body’s functioning and reduce the symptoms of diseases such as fatigue, lack of appetite and general malaise.
Apart from having a quite pleasant and slightly spicy flavor, the leaves of this plant are good for indigestion.
Its mechanism of action against gastritis is mainly related to its anti-adhesion activity. Although it does not attack the root problem, it does considerably reduce inflammation and heartburn. It is prepared as an infusion with a spoon of dried Umckaloabo flowers and a tablespoon of chamomile and is added to 2 cups of boiling water. You can sweeten it with a tablespoon or two of honey.
Contraindications of Umckaloabo
The use of this product in the form of a standardized, dried root extract has proven to be a safe supplement. It has shown practically no adverse reactions or contraindications except for some isolated cases, such as allergic reactions or an upset stomach. Therefore, it is always better to consult your doctor before using this medicinal plant in tablet, extract, syrup or any of its formats.
If you are taking any medications, consult your doctor, as it could interact with some medicines. We must not forget that the information we share should never replace the opinion of a doctor.