Tuesday, April 4th 2006
A new clinical study published in the medical journal EXPLORE - The Journal of Science and Healing, Jan 18, 2006 shows that a medicinal extract of Pelargonium sidoides roots, available in N.Z. as Kaloba EPs 7630 is an effective treatment of acute bronchitis, which is commonly associated with severe colds.
In the randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial, 124 adult patients with acute bronchitis were given the P. sidoides extract of placebo for seven days. Within the first four days, over two-thirds (68.8%) of the P. sidoides group reported improvement compared to only one-third (33.3%) of the placebo group. After seven days, nearly 80 percent of the P. sidoides group was able to resume their daily activities, whereas less than half of the patients given placebo could do so. The study concluded that treatment with the natural extract resulted in complete recovery or major improvement in 85 percent of patients, compared to just 30 percent for placebo. P. sidoides was well tolerated with no major adverse events reported during the trial.
Acute bronchitis is one of the most common infections encountered in general practice, and is among the leading reasons for sick days off work. In most cases, acute bronchitis is caused by the same viruses that cause colds. The illness is typified by inflamed bronchial tubes, thick mucus in the chest, cough, and a whistling sound when breathing. Sometimes the cough from acute bronchitis can last for several weeks or a month. Although acute bronchitis is almost always caused by viruses (in up to 90-95% of cases), antibiotics are the commonly prescribed treatment. Yet in most instances, antibiotics do not provide significant symptomatic relief or shorten the duration of illness.
"We now know that bacterial infection is much less common in cases of acute bronchitis than we used to think," says Dr. Riley. "Because the cause is typically viral we need to look at alternatives to antibiotics, which make this new research on Pelargonium sidoides so encouraging. The same could be said for other upper respiratory tract infections."
Additional studies demonstrate the effectiveness of the P. sidoides extract in treating other upper respiratory illnesses. In published clinical trial, the extract was shown to shorten the duration of non-streptococcal tonsillitis in children by at least two days. It has also been shown to shorten the duration of common colds.
Today, P. sidoides extract is among the most widely prescribed cough, cold and upper respiratory medicines in Germany, and is quickly gaining acceptance throughout Western Europe.
Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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