Geranium extract helps against cough | The City of Health Berlin

A cough is one of the symptoms of a viral respiratory tract infection. It can last for several weeks and affect quality of life. Scientists have found that an extract from the South African Cape geranium helps against coughs.

A cough is one of the symptoms of a viral respiratory tract infection. It can last for several weeks and affect quality of life. In a meta-study, a team led by Peter Kardos from the Frankfurt Red Cross Clinic investigated whether South African Cape geranium extract (EPs 7630) helps against coughs.

To do this, she evaluated existing randomized, placebo-controlled trials that tested the effectiveness of the plant extract on bronchitis and the common cold. Efficacy analyzes included change in cough intensity score, cough remission, and disease disability.

26 percent of adults with bronchitis stopped coughing

In total, data were found from 2,195 participants from 11 studies: 3 in children/adolescents with bronchitis, 3 in adults with bronchitis, 5 in adults with the common cold. In children and adolescents with bronchitis, 79.6 percent of patients treated with EP 7630 and 41 percent of patients treated with placebo had at least a 50 percent reduction in cough intensity after one week. 18 percent versus 5.5 percent showed complete remission of cough.

In adults with bronchitis, 88.7 percent of participants in the EPs 7630 group and 47.6 percent in the placebo group had more than a 50 percent reduction in cough intensity after seven days. 26 percent versus 6.3 percent stopped coughing by day 7. Geranium extract showed significant improvement over placebo in performance of daily activities and quality of life.

Geranium extract helps against coughs

For the common cold, 56.8 percent of EP 7630 participants and 38.8 percent of placebo-treated participants showed more than a 50 percent reduction in cough intensity by day 5, while 26.1 percent versus 18.4 percent reported complete remission of cough.

The conclusion of the investigation, which was published in the journal Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine: Cape geranium extract helps against cough. It reduces the burden of disease and leads to an earlier resolution of cough. Patients treated with the herbal product were able to resume their usual daily activities sooner. EPs 7630 is part of the products marketed under the name Umckaloabo.

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