Pelargonium sidoides
Pelargonium sidoides
This information describes the common uses of Pelargonium sidoides, how it works, and its possible side effects.

Common Name

EPs 7630

How It Works

Pelargonium sidoides helps reduce cold symptoms.

Pelargonium sidoides is an herb that has been used in traditional medicine in South Africa for centuries. It is used in Europe to treat the common cold and bronchitis. In laboratory studies, this herb was shown to kill bacteria, viruses, and stimulate the immune system. Human studies show that it can reduce the symptoms of common cold and bronchitis.

Purported Uses

  • Dysentery
    Although P. sidoides is used to treat dysentery in traditional medicine, there is no scientific evidence to back this claim.
  • Common cold
    A few studies support use of P. sidoides in reducing symptoms.
  • Bronchitis
    Clinical trial data shows that P. sidoides is effective against acute and chronic bronchitis.

Side Effects

  • Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Ear and inner ear disorders
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness