Sinusitis and Herbal Combinations
Effect of Herbal Combinations on Sinusitis
A standardized combination of four herbs (primrose, gentian root, elderberry, common sorrel and vervain) has undergone some study as a treatment of sinusitis.
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Research Evidence on Herbal Combinations
In two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies enrolling a total of about 300 young men, this standardized combination proved more effective than placebo in resolving sinus symptoms.1 After two weeks of treatment, about 2/3 of the participants using the herb described their infection as cured, while only about 1/3 of those taking placebo described themselves as cured. This herbal combination is hypothesized to work by thinning mucous and perhaps also by enhancing the immune response to infection.
- Melzer J, Saller R, Schapowal A, et al. Systematic review of clinical data with BNO-101 (Sinupret) in the treatment of sinusitis. Forsch Komplementarmed. 2006;13:78-87.