Rhinosinusitis is an inflammation of the nose (rhinositis) and the sinuses (sinusitis).

The Cochrane Collaboration states, “The use of nasal irrigation for the treatment of nose and sinus complaints has its foundations in yogic and homeopathic traditions. It is often prescribed as an adjunct to other treatments such as intranasal steroids or antibiotics.”

Eight trials were identified for inclusion in the review.

  • Saline was beneficial to treat the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis when used alone.
  • It was also useful when added to other treatments.
  • Saline was not as effective as an intranasal steroid.

The bottom line”
The reviewers concluded that saline irrigations were well tolerated with only minor side effects. Also, “the use of topical saline could be included as a treatment adjunct for the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis.”

More about nasal irrigation is here.

7/31/07 21:30 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.