– The root extract can help treat HIV-1, the most common form of the virus
– It contains a compound which prevents the virus replicating in the body
– It blocks the attachment of HIV particles to human cells effectively preventing the virus invading cells
Geranium plants could hold the key to a new generation of HIV treatments, research suggests.
Extracts of the geranium plant Pelargonium sidoides inactivate HIV-1 and prevent the virus invading human cells.
HIV is divided into two types – HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the majority of cases.
Researchers at the German Research Centre for Environmental Health, in Munich, say extracts from the geranium plants could represent a potential new class of anti-HIV-1 drugs for the treatment of AIDS.
They found that root extracts from the plants contain a compound that attacks HIV-1 and prevents the virus replicating inside the human body.
They found it also protects blood and immune cells from infection by the virus.
It blocks the attachment of HIV particles to human cells and, thus, effectively prevents the virus invading the cells.
Several clinical trials have already demonstrated that the geranium extracts are safe for human use and in Germany they are already licenced for use as a herbal medicine*.
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*Pelargonium sidoides extract is also sold in the UK under the brand name Kaloba – a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections including the common cold, such as sore throat, cough and blocked or runny nose, exclusively based on long standing use as a traditional remedy.
For more information please visit http://www.kaloba.co.uk. Always read the label.