Effectiveness and Safety of Pelargonium sidoides extract for treating acute respiratory tract infections
Pelargonium sidoides is a herbal remedy derived from the roots of the geranium "Umckaloabo" native to South Africa. It is widely prescribed and sold over the counter for the treatment of acute respiratory infections. In Germany it has been licensed for the treatment of acute bronchitis. However, there have been some reports linking Umckaloabo to possible liver toxicity.
The Cochrane Review was first published in 2007 was last updated in 2013. We now identfied new evidence on the effectiveness of Umkaloabo and will include additional information about its use in different patient groups, and any adverse effects.
The review is carried out in cooperation with the German Cochrane Center , the Center for Medical Biometrie and Informatics (IMBI) in Freiburg and the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Tract Infections Review Group, Bond University, Australia.