What is Bromelain?
Bromelain is a group of specialized enzymes typically extracted from the stem of the pineapple (Ananas comosus).
Since 1875, bromelain has been extracted and used as plant-medicine in several native cultures to help speed up healing. It is commonly used to treat sinusitis; its action in the nasal cavities has demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties along with the ability to clear the airways, lungs, bronchi, and trachea, of excess mucus by a process of thinning the nasal secretions.
Sinusitis Double-Blind Trial
In a double-blind trial, 48 patients with moderately severe to severe sinusitis received bromelain or placebo for 6 days. All participants were given standard sinusitis therapy, the drug cocktail which included antihistamines, analgesics, and antibiotics.
At the end of the study, inflammation was reduced in 83% of those taking bromelain compared to 52% of the drug cocktail group without bromelain. Breathing difficulty was relieved in 78% of the bromelain group and 68% the drug cocktail group without bromelain. Altogether, good to excellent results were noted in 87% of participants treated with bromelain in contrast to 68% drug cocktail group without bromelain.
Six Day Study of Sinusitis Using Bromelain
Acute or chronic sinusitis patients were recruited to participate in this study. A total of 59 patients were randomly assigned to receive Placebo or Bromelain in a random double-blind control.
Each participant received either bromelain — 2 tablets, 4 times per day for 6 days– or placebo using the same dosing schedule. Of the bromelain group, 69% had an excellent response; bromelain group appeared to produce improvements in nasal mucosal inflammation, edema, nasal discharge, and breathing difficulty. In contrast to the bromelain group, the placebo group only showed a minor 23% in improvement.
Children with Sinusitis
In this study headed by Dr. Braun et al in Oct. 2004, they studied 116 children who were aged from 2-11 years old from locations across Germany. All the children were diagnosed with acute sinusitis. Dr. Braun and his colleagues divided the children into two groups based upon age and sex. The first group was given pure bromelain and the second group was given standard therapy plus bromelain, (standard therapy consists of a combination of topical or systemic decongestants with saline irrigations and an antibiotic, usually amoxicillin). The focus of Dr. Braun’s study was to determine the duration of symptoms in the children.
The results were as follows:
- First group (pure bromelain) relief time was 6.66 days
- Second group (standard therapy plus bromelain) relief time 9.06 days
Bromelain treatment in this set of children shows that bromelain was more effective in reducing the amount of time of recovery.
Sinusitis can be triggered by environmental irritation seen and unseen in the air, e.g., smoke, mold, and dust particles, etc. Since these are irritants, removing yourself from the irritants can be the best method to resolve the issues that triggers sinusitis.
Some other good examples of environmental irritants are wall-to-wall carpeting, allergic mold, toxic mold that causes human disease (asthma, lung infection, skin infection, and athlete’s foot), animal dander, feather bedding, dust mites, cooking gases, smoke, and household fungi– which levels are often higher than outdoor airborne levels. These pollutants can create airborne irritants. However, using germicidal lamps as a standalone unit or in combination with a HEPA filtration in an air handling unit can be a very effective way of combating the problem.
In the case of airborne irritants, cleaning the air might be one of the best methods of dealing with the issue. But since you still need to go outside, using Sinus Mender would help bring down the inflammation while also boosting your immune system, thus making it easier for your body to heal.
It has often have often suggested to those with small children that a low cost method of cleaning the air of irritants like mold and VOC (volatile organic compounds) would be to remove the wall-to-wall carpeting from their homes and to implement germicidal lamps into the air handling systems. Molhave et al, in Denmark have researched and discovered that since the early 1980’s, complex mixtures of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) might be the primary cause of mucosal irritation in humans. Put simply, if your sinusitis is caused by pollution then the solution is to either remove the pollution from your environment or remove yourself from the polluted environment.