Pelargonium Sidoides is a plant that is a part of the geranium family that grows in South Africa. It is characterized by its heart-shaped and narrow flowers of deep, saturated red. With a very long history of traditional use in southern Africa, the root of pelargonium sidoides have been found to aid respiratory problems. Along with various respiratory problems, the traditional South African remedy is known to also treat coughs, colds, bronchitis, TB.
In more modern-day medicine, an alcohol extract is derived from pelargonium sidoides. This extract is used to treat acute bronchitis, the common cold, sinusitis, pharyngitis (sore throat), and tonsillitis.
There have been many studies to prove the effectiveness of pelargonium sidoides. The studies have shown that in a large group of people who have been diagnosed with acute bronchitis, compared to a placebo (placebo is anything that seems to be “real” medical treatment – but isn’t.). The results showed a considerably larger improvement in symptoms in the treatment group of pelargonium sidoides compared to the placebo group.