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Complementary medicine update

Pelargonium sidoides root extract for bronchitis and sinusitis

Stephen Cala

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Abstract

Pelargonium sidoides root extract EPs 7630 is registered in Australia for the treatment of the generally self-limiting conditions acute bronchitis and acute sinusitis. It has been shown to improve recovery time and relieve symptoms.

Article Extract

Acute respiratory infections (ARIs) are divided into those of the upper respiratory tract, such as tonsillitis/pharyngitis, sinusitis, otitis media and the common cold, and those of the lower respiratory tract, such as acute bronchitis. These infections involve acute mucosal inflammation, oedema and mucus hypersecretion. Symptoms include cough, fever, congestion, increased secretions and discharge, and sore throat. The majority of ARIs are caused by viruses and are self-limited.

Picture credit: © SPL/Carol Casselden.

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