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Upper respiratory tract infection – Treatments In herbal medicine perspective

Upper respiratory tract infection
Upper respiratory tract infections are considered to be the infection of the airway above the glottis or vocal cords. This includes the nose, sinuses, pharynx, and larynx, including the infection of tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, otitis media, etc,.
F. Treatments
F.2. In herbal medicine perspective
1. Aromatic essential oils
In a prospective randomized double-blind controlled trial whose aim was to investigate the clinical effects of aromatic essential oils in patients with upper respiratory tract infections with 60 patients participated in the study (26 in the study group and 34 in the control group) conducted by the Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, showed that spray application of five aromatic plants reported in this study brings about significant and immediate improvement in symptoms of upper respiratory ailment. This effect is not significant after 3 days of treatment(39).
2. Andrographis paniculata (KalmCold)
In a randomized, double blind placebo controlled clinical study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of KalmCold, an extract of Andrographis paniculata, in patients with uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), researchers at the King George Medical University, found that KalmCold group showed significant reduction (p < or = 0.05) in overall symptom scores as compared to placebo group. In both placebo and KalmCold treated groups, there were only a few minor adverse effects with no significant difference in occurrence (Z = 0.63; p > 0.05). The comparison of overall efficacy of KalmCold over placebo was found to be significant (p < or = 0.05) and it was 2.1 times (52.7%) higher than placebo(40).
3.  Kan Jang
According to the study by Erebuni, Medical Centre, Yerevan, Armenia, in a double blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group clinical study was carried out to evaluate the effect of an Andrographis paniculata (N.) extract SHA-10 fixed combination, Kan Jang, in the treatment of acute upper respiratory tract infections, including sinusitis of ninety-five individuals in the treatment group and 90 individuals in the placebo group, showed that the individual symptoms of headache and nasal and throat symptoms together with general malaise showed the most significant improvement while cough and eye symptoms did not differ significantly between the groups. Temperature was moderately reduced in the verum group, and concluded that Kan Jang has a positive effect in the treatment of acute upper respiratory tract infections and also relieves the inflammatory symptoms of sinusitis(41). Other study, conducted by Research Institute of Pharmacology of Volgograd Medical Academy, indicated that the symptoms of the disease were less severe in the Kan Jang group. The effect of Kan Jang was particularly pronounced in two objective parameters, amount of nasal secretion g/day and nasal congestion. Kan Jang also accelerated the recovery time, whereas Immunal did not show the same efficacy. The use of standard medication was significantly less in the Kan Jang adjuvant group than in either the Immunal or standard treatment group. Kan Jang treatment was well tolerated and no side effects or adverse reactions(42).
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Sources  
(39) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21052500
(40) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20092985
(41) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12487322
(42) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14750201

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