Pelargonium sidoides is a flowering plant native to South Africa where it has been used traditionally for many years to treat various afflictions. Commonly known as the South African geranium, pelargonium sidoides can be an effective treatment for a wide variety of bacterial and viral infections and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. It also acts as an analgesic and can ease the symptoms of tonsillitis and sore throats. Pelargonium sidoides can be effective for both acute and chronic conditions.
Roots of pelargonium sidoides are harvested when they are three years old for maximum potency. Extracts of the roots contain antibiotic properties that can fight off strong infections including those caused by strep, staph, and bacillus bacteria. These natural antibiotic constituents are effective in the treatment of ears and sinus infections.
The roots also contain constituents that attack the mycobacteria responsible for some infectious diseases that are often fatal, including leprosy and tuberculosis. South African geranium can also be used as a preventive since it can preclude any mycobacteria that may be present from flourishing. Its root contains an agent that prevents bacteria from attaching to cell walls.
Studies have shown that pelargonium sidoides in effective in reducing the symptoms of bronchitis and other disorders of the respiratory tract. South African geranium can reduce mucus, improve a bad cough and any associated chest pain, and decrease congestion to help open the breathing passages. Studies also have shown that pelargonium sidoides is so effective in the treatment of acute bronchitis that when it is administered to a patient in the early stages, the use of antibiotics may be avoided.
Another reason why pelargonium sidoides is seen as such an effective treatment for acute conditions is because it strengthens the immune system. It is a good source of the amino acids, vitamins, and minerals required for healthy functioning. Antioxidants in the root destroy the free radicals that lower the immune system and make a person susceptible to illness.
Not enough is known about the effects of pelargonium sidoides on the babies of pregnant or nursing women, so women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should use another form of treatment. It can be so effective in strengthening the immune system that people who have an autoimmune disorder such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or Crohn’s disease might want to avoid its use to prevent possible flare-ups. South African geranium is considered safe; an extract is sold in German pharmacies to treat bronchitis.