Though little known in North America, a South African herb called Pelargonium sidoides has been extensively studied for acute bronchitis and is commonly used in Germany. The Zulus have long used it to treat coughs, upper respiratory infections and tuberculosis. Recently, a double-blind study gave either Pelargonium sidoides or a placebo to 124 people suffering from acute bronchitis. . . . Bronchitis scores improved significantly more in the herb group than in the placebo group. 90.6% of people given the herb had a rapid recovery compared to 41.7% in the placebo group. In the herb group, 84.4% had a major improvement or a complete recovery compared to only 30% in the placebo group. The herb was as safe as the placebo. In a previous double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 468 people with acute bronchitis, Pelargonium sidoides was once again found to be significantly better than a placebo (Phytomedicine 2003;10(suppl 4):7-17). Though this herb is little known here, it is available in North America.

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