Old Time TB Remedy to Modern Day Cold Corrective
In 1897 Charles Stevens arrived in South Africa suffering from a serious upper respiratory illness, tuberculosis. A native Zulu healer gave him a decoction of Pelargonium sidoides (Umcka) a unique species of geranium found in South Africa. Stevens fully recovered and returned to England, where he sold the decoction commercially as Stevens Consumption Cure. It was very popular throughout Europe.
In 1920, Adrien Sechehaye, a Swiss missionary doctor used the remedy to treat over 800 patients successfully. As pharmaceutical drugs emerged, Stevens’ remedy was slowly forgotten, only to be rediscovered by European researchers who verified its remarkable abilities. It has been shown clinically to shorten the duration and reduce the severity of symptoms associated with the common cold- congestion, headache, cough, sore throat, hoarseness and minor aches. Even more important this herb helps to reduce the migration of the cold into bronchitis, tonsillitis and sinusitis. It also reduces those symptoms.
It is widely recommended by doctors and pediatricians because of its high success rate and safety even for very young children over the age of two. In an evaluation study, over 90% of patients and doctors rated Pelrgonium sidoides as an effective remedy for colds and upper respiratory irritations.
If a sore throat is severe, persists more than 2 days, is accompanied or followed by a fever, headache, rash, nausea or vomiting, consult a doctor promptly.