pelargonium is superior to amoxicillin for bacterial rhinosinusitis

Having won over the science, this herb has still not won over the public. When it comes to upper respiratory infections, it’s time you finally met Africa’s exotic pelargoinium.

More than 30 studies have shown Pelargonium sidoides to be a safe and effective herb for acute respiratory infections. It is one of the best herbs for bronchitis in children and adults.

Uncontrolled studies have also pointed to the possibility that pelargonium can help rhinosinusitis. Now an unblended, but controlled study has added to that evidence.

When viral acute sinusitis is not adequately treated, you can develop a secondary bacterial infection known as acute bacterial rhinosinusitis. The symptoms include nasal congestion, mucus and pus discharge, impaired sense of smell and facial pain.

When 50 adults with acute bacterial rhinosinusitis were given either pelargonium or the antibiotic amoxicillin, the herb beat the drug.

Half the people in the study were given 500mg of amoxicillin three times a day, and half were given 20mg of pelargonium extract three times a day. They each took their treatment for ten days.

Both groups improved significantly, but there was significantly greater improvement in the herb group for total symptom score, nasal obstruction, facial pain, impaired sense of smell, scores on endoscopy, mucosal edema and mucus and pus discharge. Results for absolute improvement and postnasal drip were also superior for pelargonium, but the difference was not significant.

The herb was also superior to the antibiotic for getting rid of the bacteria. Pelargonium significantly decreased Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis. Amoxicillin only managed to significantly decrease the first two.

The researchers reached the impressive conclusion that the “results demonstrated better clinical and antimicrobial efficacy of EPs 7630 [pelargonium extract] than amoxicillin.” That is, the herb is better than the drug.

A larger study that is double-blind would add to the evidence. However, it is not impossible that patients knowing whether they were taking an antibiotic or a herb would not have favoured the antiobiotic.

Ann Otol Rhinol Larngol. October 2020;129(10):969-976

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