Umckaloabo might work by killing bacteria or preventing bacteria from attaching to surfaces within the body.
People use umckaloabo for bronchitis, common cold, COPD, sore throat, asthma, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Umckaloabo is sometimes called geranium. Don't confuse umckaloabo with rose geranium oil or spotted geranium. These are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Short-term swelling (inflammation) of the airways in the lungs (acute bronchitis). Taking a specific umckaloabo extract ((EPs 7630, Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals) by mouth within 48 hours of feeling sick seems to help speed up recovery from bronchitis.
- A lung disease that makes it harder to breathe (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD). Taking a specific umckaloabo extract (EPs 7630, Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals) by mouth along with standard treatment seems to reduce the number of COPD flares in people with moderate or severe COPD. It might also reduce the need for antibiotics.
- Common cold. Taking a specific umckaloabo extract (EPs 7630, Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals) by mouth might help reduce symptoms and speed up recovery from a cold.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if umckaloabo is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: A specific umckaloabo extract (EPs 7630, Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals) is possibly safe when taken by mouth for up to one week. There isn't enough reliable information to know if it is safe when taken for longer periods of time.
Diseases of the immune system such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Umckaloabo might cause the immune system to become more active. This could increase the symptoms of these diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it's best to avoid using umckaloabo.
Surgery: Umckaloabo might slow blood clotting. It might increase the risk for bleeding during surgical procedures. Stop using umckaloabo at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications that decrease the immune system (Immunosuppressants) interacts with UMCKALOABO
Umckaloabo can increase the activity of the immune system. Some medications, such as those used after a transplant, decrease the activity of the immune system. Taking umckaloabo along with these medications might decrease the effects of these medications.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with UMCKALOABO
Umckaloabo might slow blood clotting. Taking umckaloabo along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Be cautious with this combination
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