The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    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.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    A multi-herb formula for respiratory tract health

    Sinupret is a popular herbal product in Germany.

    Here’s a summary from Medical News Today, based on a monograph by the American Botanical Council (ABC).

    First, the details.
    Studies of Sinupret include 4 on acute sinusitis, 2 on chronic sinusitis, 1 meta-analysis of studies of sinusitis, 2 studies of bronchitis, and a post-marketing surveillance study of patients with bronchitis.

    And the results.
    ABC reports, “Sinupret has a relatively significant level of safety and efficacy data compared to many other natural products intended for use in maintaining the health of sinuses and the upper respiratory tract.”

    The bottom line?
    Unfortunately, the Herbal Gram website has been hacked and greater detail isn’t available.

    However, a review of rhinosinusitis by Prof. Ernst in 2006 appears to agree:

    • “The quality of studies varied, but 2 in acute sinusitis, including the largest and best quality study, and 1 in chronic sinusitis reported significant positive findings.”
    • Prof. Ernst concluded, “There is encouraging evidence that Sinupret… may be effective adjunctive treatments in acute rhinosinusitis.”

    The ingredients in Sinupret are listed here.

    2/8/09 20:57 JR

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