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The UMCKA Story - From African Tradition to Breakthrough Remedy

Saturday, April 3rd 2004


In 1897, Englishman Charles Stevens travelled to South Africa hoping to cure himself of a serious upper respiratory illness. While there, a native tribal healer gave him a decoction of Pelargonium sidoides - a species of geranium unique to the area. It worked and fully recovered, he returned to England with his remedy, which became popular throughout Europe and was known as Stevens Consumption Cure.

In 1920, the missionary doctor Adrien Sechehaye learned of Stevens cure. During the next nine years he treated over 800 patients in Switzerland with a preparation of P. sidoides roots. By 1929, he had published his numerous case studies. But with the advent of synthetic drugs, Stevens remedy became largely forgotten by Western medicine- until its recent "rediscovery by European researchers. This is where the modern story of P. sidoides really begins.

Number 1 in Europe

P. sidoides is one of the fastest growing remedies in Europe, with sales increasing over 700% in recent years. It is widely recommended by doctors and paediatricians because of its safety and high success rate.

Nature's Way Umcka ColdCare

Unlike some other cough, cold and sinus remedies that simply mask symptoms, Umcka ColdCare is a breakthrough natural remedy that actually helps people recover faster.

True to history and tradition, Umcka ColdCare is made from P. sidoides roots harvested in South Africa. In fact, Nature's Way grow much of the supply on their own farms near Cape Town. From the time of planting to harvesting, it takes 3-5 years for roots to be ready for extraction.

To produce Umcka ColdCare the roots are soaked and extracted in both water and alcohol. Alcohol is then removed from the alcohol-free drops and cherry syrup formulas.

Nature's Way Umcka alcohol-free drops

In a base of vegetable glycerine. For ages 6 to adult. A more concentrated formula and can be taken straight or mixed in water or juice.

Nature's Way Umcka Cherry Syrup (99% alcohol- free)

Deliciously flavoured; ideal for kids. For ages 6 to adult. The syrup is especially useful for coating the throat and helping to alleviate coughs

Both formulas provide the full clinical dose.

Recover Faster

Pick up the pace with new Umcka formulas

Umcka ColdCare is a tincture of Pelargonium sidoides, a medicinal plant unique to South Africa. In clinical studies, P. sidoides not only relieved symptoms associated with common colds but also shortened duration and reduced severity of throat, sinus and bronchial irritations. It also helped loosen mucous, making coughs more productive.

Reduces severity

P. sidoides may help reduce severity of coughs, congestion, headache, sore throat and other common symptoms.

Shorten duration

In trials, children suffering acute sore throat pain were able to return to school 2 days sooner with P. sidoides. Adults with acute bronchial symptoms were also able to return to work nearly two days earlier.

High Satisfaction

In an evaluation study, over 90% of patients and doctors rated P.sidoides as an effective remedy for colds and upper respiratory irritations.

Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2004 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Winter Immunity and Virus:

Ezziac Tea
Immune Boost
Immune Booster for Kids
Immune Defence Cough & Cold Relief
Family C Powder
Hi Strength Fish Oil
Olive Leaf Complex
Vir Defence
Winter Guard

Related health information can be found here:

Antibiotic Use
Cold Sores
Common Cold

Related articles can be found here:

Boost your seven immune systems
Garlicin - proven through modern science
Improved Colostrum provides extra health benefits
Olive Leaf Extract - For Winter Ills and Much More
The winter first aid kit in a bottle

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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