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Historical overview on the beginnings of herbal medicine and its evolution

Recent research has confirmed that primitive man was using different plants for dietary and therapeutic purposes.

As they were consuming the different plants and herbs available to them (agriculture had not yet developed) these hominids saw their effects: soothing, tranquilizing, emetic, laxative, etc.

Since those ancient times when evils were attributed to supernatural forces, the use of medicinal plants, called herbal medicine, was used in all cultures: Greek, Roman, Phoenician, Chinese, Arabic, Hindu, etc.

It is in the Middle Ages when the first treatises on the medicinal use of plants appear. In the 4th century, a compendium was drawn up that included more than a hundred plants and was used throughout central Europe.

In the industrial revolution of the 19th century, pharmacists were already making plant-based products in a more controlled and safer way.

Since the 1970s, there has been a resurgence of herbal medicine and today many people prefer all-natural products to treat their ailments.

Cyclamen and phytotherapy

One of the plants that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy is cyclamen. The cyclamen belongs to the Primulaceae family and includes many species which grow mainly in the eastern Mediterranean area.

The part of the plant used for medicinal purposes is the tuber that contains substances called saponins which are responsible for the healing effects.

As early as the 4th century BC, the Greeks discovered the beneficial characteristics of cyclamen for the treatment of headaches and as a laxative. In fact, Theophrastus (371–287 BC) was already recommending the use of a mixture of cyclamen and honey in the nose to treat colds and “clear the head.”

Cyclamen europaeum

It is the most widely used species of cyclamen today and has the most scientific evidence on its safety and efficacy.

Based on centuries of experience and after an extensive research program, a nasal spray has been developed that contains only freeze-dried cyclamen extract.

A liquid extract is obtained from the cyclamen tuber that, once it is found to contain a sufficient quantity of saponins (active ingredient), is freeze-dried and subjected to strict quality control.

The extract is used as a nasal spray for the treatment of sinusitis and is marketed under the brand name Nasodren® by the company Hartington Pharmaceutical.

The action of saponins on the nasal mucosa and paranasal sinuses is to restore their physiological function, which has been impaired by sinusitis and to drain the mucus retained in all the sinuses, relieving the unpleasant symptoms caused by this condition.

Nasodren® is a 100% natural nasal spray that is very safe, as the saponins do not pass through the mucosa, do not enter the bloodstream and therefore do not reach the liver, kidneys or other organs and tissues.

The safety of Nasodren® has been demonstrated in 30 clinical trials carried out in centres in various countries (USA, Spain, Germany, Russia, etc.) and its results have been published in the most prestigious medical journals such as Rhinology, the official organ of the Society. European Rhinology and The Laryngoscope, official publication of the American Rhinologic Society.

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