Capsaicin intranasal spray for nonallergic rhinitis

A study carried out at the Cincinatti College of Medicine, Ohio, looking at a homeopathic preparation of Capsicum annum and Eucalyptol, has found that it quickly improves symptoms of rhinitis in people with a significant component of non-allergic rhinitis, with no side effects.

Forty-two subjects with a significant component of non-allergic rhinitis were split into a control group of 20 who received a placebo, and 22 who received twice-daily doses of the homeopathic preparation for two weeks. The scientists looked at the change in nasal symptoms from the start to the finish of the test period. Those taking the preparation experienced rapid improvement (average time from application to relief was 52 seconds) in symptoms, as well as improvement in sinus pain, nasal congestion, sinus pressure and headache. This was the first randomised, double-blind, parallel trial involving intranasal capsaicin.

Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

More research into rhinitis

First Published June 2011

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