A. VOGEL Bronchosan 50ml tincture
A. VOGEL Bronchosan
Ivy relaxes the bronchial tubes, easing tightness and reducing spasms of coughing.
Thyme thins mucus in the lungs, helping its expulsion.
In other words, you’ll cough less but when you do cough, something will come out!
The joy of this natural cough remedy is the speed at which it works. Often, 12 hours of use can easily make a big difference to your condition.
Each mL (38 drops)
Medicinal ingredients: Tinctures of:
Fresh Ivy (Hedera helix) leaf (ratio 1:5.6) 376 mg, equivalent to 67 mg dried leaf;
Fresh Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) herb top* (ratio 1:7.9) 329 mg, equivalent to 42 mg dried herb;
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root (ratio 1:10) 234 mg, equivalent to 23 mg dried root;
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) leaf essential oil 0.5 mg.
Water, alcohol (1 mL tincture contains 0.47 mL ethanol), Aniseed essential oil.
Adults: Take 1 mL (38 drops) with water, 4 to 5 times daily, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
For catarrhs and bronchitis:
Adults: Take 2 mL (76 drops) with water, 5 times daily, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
Salivate before swallowing.
Duration of use: Consult a healthcare practitioner for use beyond 4-6 weeks.
Actions and pharmacology
Ivy (Hedera helix)
Ivy is used as a natural cough remedy and expectorant, antispasmodic and for respiratory tract mucous inflammations. Scientific literature has now confirmed many of Ivy’s traditional indications. One of Ivy’s saponins, alpha hederine, has an antifungal effect against yeast like Candida albicans.(1) Its antispasmodic effect was demonstrated in vitro on trachea cells. Phenols and saponins are mainly responsible for this effect.(2)
The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of: catarrhs of the respiratory passages, symptomatic treatment of chronic inflammatory bronchial conditions.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme is rich in terpenes and phenols (mainly thymol). Well known for its culinary worth, it is also an excellent antibacterial. According to an in vitro study, Thyme has a bactericide activity against at least 25 types of bacteria.(3) Moreover, Thyme contains more than 26 different molecules with a demonstrated antioxidant effect. This effect might prove important in the treatment of respiratory inflammations.(4) A team of researchers has revealed Thyme’s significant anti-parasite effect.(5) Thyme extract has also demonstrated in vitro antispasmodic properties on trachea cells. This tropism confirms its efficacy in respiratory ailments.(6) Since Thyme’s active molecules are volatile, they concentrate in the respiratory tract and are excreted in mucous.
The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of: symptoms of bronchitis and whooping cough and catarrhs of the upper respiratory tracts.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice extracts have always been incorporated in cough and respiratory tract preparations. The sweetening power and the covering taste of Licorice are useful to cover the bitter taste of other herbs like Ivy. However, its respiratory properties are not to be sneezed at. Licorice is useful for coughs and to soothe mucous membranes. Its isoflavones have antioxidant properties.(7) The flavonoids, including the isoflavones, also have anti-microbal effects.(8) However, contrary to antibiotics, which may have a negative effect on the immune system, Licorice has demonstrated an immunostimulant effect by activating macrophages, the immune system cells that represent our first line of defense.(9) Moreover, Licorice has demonstrated an antiviral effect.(10)
The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of: catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract and gastric/duodenal ulcers.
Star Anise (Illicium anisatum, I. verum)
Thanks to its content in anethole, Star Anise has expectorant and soothing effects on mucous membranes. Anise is considered as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) as a food in the United States.
The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of: catarrhs of the respiratory tract and peptic discomforts.
The use of Eucalyptus oil for colds, cough and flus is well established. Eucalyptus essential oil is used to relieve cough and upper respiratory tract inflammation and as a natural cough remedy, freshener and counter-irritant. According to in vitro studies, Eucalyptus acts on histamine liberation, which might explain its effect on the symptoms of congestion and mucous membrane inflammation.(11) The phenols, including eucalyptol, have demonstrated antioxidant(12) and antimicrobial effects.