I must admit, I am generally not a user of holistic or non-traditional medicine. It's not that I think that it's all bad - quite the opposite - but I am often put off by the lack of real science backing claims in many cases. I hear so many moms touting the benefits of this wonderful herb or tincture or whatever based solely on anecdotal (and often very weak anecdotes at that) information. So many people wouldn't dare give their child over-the-counter or even prescription medicine but are fine with anything that is labeled as "natural." Natural does not always equate to innocuous or healthy, and that's where my problem lies.
So, when I was contacted by representatives from Sinupret for Kids, a herbal sinus remedy for kids, about holding a giveaway for their sinus medicine, I was skeptical. I ignored their requests for a while, but their persistence made me look at their information and search around the web a bit. I found nothing during my Sinupret searches that makes me nervous or worried about the medicine but did find many positive reviews of the product, so I decided to go ahead with the giveaway and give you readers a chance to decide for yourselves.
Before talking about Sinupret for Kids, I'll disclose that we haven't tried this product. It's a bit early where I am to need an allergy medicine, and fortunately noses are not running here at the moment. I may give it a try this spring if there is a need for it, though.
And now, for your reading pleasure, a little information on the product provided by Sinupret for Kids:
What is Sinupret for Kids? Sinupret for Kids is a natural sinus remedy produced by Bionorica AG composed of a five-herbal blend of European Elder, Sorrel, Cowslip, European Vervain, and Gentian. Sinupret is availble as a syrup for kids ages 2 and older and in pill form for adults. Sinupret for Kids:
Supports the upper respiratory system.
Promotes healthy nasal passages.
Strengthens the immune system.
Sinupret has been the subject of multiple randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials for efficacy and safety on more than 3,000 patients and recommended for children 2 and up.
Does not contain stimulants, caffeine, ephedra, or psuedoephedrine.
Sinupret has no history of dangerous side effects.
Sinupret is cited as safe and effective in several medical journals such as Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Plant Medica, the Pharmacist's Letter for Efficacy and Safety, and the American Council Guide to Herbs.
(Please note that Sinupret is not regulated by the FDA as it is a herbal formulation. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.)
Are there any side affects associated with Sinupret? Clinical testing of the product and consumption in the market have revealed no harmful side effects reported from Sinupret for Kids or adult use, and its efficacy is so well documented that it is the most prescribed/recommended product by pediatricians in Germany. In the 3,000 children trial, 0.08% experienced self-limiting side effects that included slight skin irritation or stomach upset.
Have doctors in the US used Sinupret for Kids? Leading pediatricians, pharmacists, family doctors, and naturapaths in the US were asked to test Sinupret for Kids during the winter of 2007-2008, including Dr. Bob Sears, Dr. Jay Gordon, Dr. Narinder Duggal, and Dr. Marcus Laux. Their positive experiences resulted in dispensing Sinupret for Kids to hundreds of families with successful results.
Active ingredients: Sinupret proprietary blend - 880mg - European Elder, Common Sorrel, Cowslip, European Vervain, Gentian.
Other ingredients: water, maltitol, ethyl alcohol, cherry flavor. Contains 0.56 ml ethyl alcohol per serving.
Sinupret has been used in Germany for more than 70 years and now is available in the US. Use it to treat sinus ailments during cold, flu, and allergy season.
Giveaway time! The people at Sinupret want you to give their product a try. Fifteen lucky readers - that's right, 15! - will receive a generous giveaway pack from Sinupret. Included in this pack are:
A sample of Sinupret for Kids
A copy of Dr. Bob Sears' book "The Healthiest Kids in the Neighborhood" (a very good book!)
Yellow children's binoculars
Sinupret for Kids activity books
Sinupret for Kids stickers
A mini plush bear
How can you win a giveaway pack? Easy! Leave a comment! You have until Monday of next week (April 20) to leave a comment. I know that not all of you have kids, so after today, add #sinupret to the end of your comment if you'd like your comment to be included in the giveaway drawing. One giveaway pack per winner. Enter as many times as you'd like by leaving genuine comments. Winners must provide a valid US shipping address.
This is a great giveaway pack! I read "The Healthiest Kids in the Neighborhood" last year, and it is a book worth reading and keeping.
I'd love to hear your thoughts! Have you tried Sinupret? What did you think of it? How do you feel about traditional and "natural" medicines?