Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hot Pepper (Capsaisin-Based) Nasal Spray Relieves Allergic Rhinitis

According to a recent study, an all natural, botanical nasal spray provides relief to folks with allergic rhinitis, all without a prescription for traditional steroid sprays.

The wonder ingredient? Capsaicin, which comes from hot peppers and creates none of the addiction problems that steroid formulations create.

This is good news for the 1 in 5 Americans who suffer from nasal allergies (shockingly, did you know that almost half of American children suffer from nasal allergies?!) .

Tess winced when she heard the words "hot peppers" associated with "nasal spray" and walked off to her office. I had to haul her back in to my office to get a more intelligent response from her. I shared the capsaicin nasal spray study with Tess and she winced again when she heard about the "mucoadhesive molecule" that prolongs the essence of hot pepper inside the nose.

Okay, so it's a pharmaceutical company's product, revision number 2 (the mucoadhesive molecule is the revision). Some folks have reviewed the original product online saying it helped with migraines pretty quickly, some liked the sinus clearing effects, while others weren't that wild about the original formula (they reported it "stinging" and, of course, there was no mucoadhesive molecule to prolong the effect).

Tess quipped, "Greaaat. Just what everyone wants. Hot pepper in their poor little raw sinuses." Shaking her head, she's hoping some adventurous "Mikey will try it first and like it" as she's not exactly volunteering to be a guinea pig for this product.

So, leave a note in the comments for this article if you try Sinol-M and let us all know whether you like it or not. We can then start encouraging people to mix slippery elm (a mucilaginous herbal) with cayenne pepper (a source of capsaicin) for every cheapskates' newest and most favorite home remedy alternative. LOL.

Yes, it's true, it doesn't take much to amuse us around here. :-)


marc flegar said...

i have been using Sinol for over 2 years and its saved my head during the spring and fall months. i have one on my desk at work and one by my bedside i use all year long now.

Anonymous said...

Steroids, cortizone or an all natural product that works? Hmmmmm,
doesnt sound like a hard choice to me.

Anonymous said...

I was also hesitant to try this alternative to my 40 years of prescription medicine. I have been using this product for about three years with very positive results and have heard the same from others who have taken the leap... It really isn't that bad of a burn. The newer version does seem to be much more smoother on the nose then the earlier solution. Think of a good bloody mary, little hot at first but worth the effort with no ill side effects.
Give it a shot Mikey..

CK- Albany, NY

Cindy Marteney, CEO, Our Health Co-op said...

Love the "Think of a good Bloody Mary, little hot at first but worth the effort with no ill side effects...Give it a shot Mikey.." :-)

Thanks for the comment, CK!

Anonymous said...

Has anyone with non-allergis rhinitis had any success with it?

Anonymous said...

I have been clinically diagnosed with allergic rhinitis and have suffered for years. My children are also sufferers and had been using Singulair for about a year when I heard about Sinol nasal spray from our pharmacist at Rite Aid. Using these pharmaceuticals with the side effects had me greatly concerned for my childrens well being and of course my own. Nasonex and other perscriptions over the years was taking a noticable toll on my body.
After speaking with a company representative and doing a little more research I decided to use Sinol. I was assured that the amount of capsaicin in the product was extremely small the burning was similar to eating horseradish which I love. After repeated sprays in the first day of my purchase I immediatley loved this product. I felt the eucalyptus rush and the burning is not bad at all. I brought the bottle to my Pediatrician and asked if my children could use this despite the "12 years or older" statement, my son is 11. Alas, both children use this product in the morning and before bed time with excellent results. I hope this helped your decision on this.

Anonymous said...

I used Sinus Buster, a capsaisin-based nasal spray, for the first time yesterday. I found this article while looking for negative side effects. My first reaction upon pumping the stuff into my nose was "OOOOHH! THE BURN!!!!" Immediately afterwards, I experienced drainage from my sinuses like I had never experienced before. Within minutes, my sinuses were clearer than I ever remember, and the burn was gone. My concern was the aweful flavor in my mouth the next morning combined with the possibility that perhaps my sinuses are too clear.