Article on http://www.wddty.com “Natural Remedies for Adults”
The root extract of this South African plant, also known as Umckaloabo, is used as a cold and flu medicine under various brand names, including Kaloba and Umcka. When put to the test in one high-quality trial, nearly 80 per cent of those taking it were cured of their cold within 10 days, compared with a cure rate of just over 30 per cent in the placebo group.
Pelargonium sidoides also seems to reduce the severity of a range of cold symptoms, such as sneezing, congestion, a sore throat, cough and headache.
Kaloba is available in oral liquid, sugar-free syrup and tablet forms. For more information and special prices click here. Always read the label.
The results of clinical trials on this herb for colds have been mixed, probably because different species and plants were used. But a recent review reported that Echinacea purpurea is the most consitantly useful variety for the common cold. It proved effective in five out of six trials, significantly easing symptoms and cutting the course of a cold by up to four days. It seems to be good at treating flu too.
EchinaCold Echinacea Cold & Flu Relief, contains Echinacea purpurea and is available in chewable tablets as well as effervescent tablets. For more information and special prices click here. Always read the label.