Prospan syrup is a syrup with a mucolytic and expectorant effect. It is made from dried Hedera helix extract. In addition, it is used to treat coughs, as it helps get rid of mucus.
Hedera helix is a medicinal plant called common ivy. People have used the extract since ancient times to treat diseases where you need to eliminate mucus from the respiratory tract.
What is Hedera helix?
Ivy is a climbing medicinal plant that belongs to the mountain braid family. It grows on several continents, and can be several meters high.
This plant has dark green evergreen leaves. The flowers are greenish-yellow in color and smell good. In addition, it grows quickly and adapts easily to many different climates and terrain.
Among the many benefits this plant has, its ability to eliminate mucus stands out. In addition, it can turn dry cough into a productive cough to get rid of mucus. For this reason, there has been a cold treatment since ancient times. They used it to heal the airways and relieve coughs.
Active principles of Hedera helix
In this plant there are various active components. Each of these active ingredients helps the respiratory system. Some of these components of ivy are:
- Organic acids
- Saponins : Due to their spasmolytic and expectorant effect, this is one of the most important substances in ivy.
Due to its composition , ivy extract has bronchodilator and expectorant properties and effects. Therefore, people use the leaves to treat respiratory conditions with cough.
Although it has many properties to relieve respiratory problems, the fruit is very toxic to humans.
Extraction process for making prospan syrup
The ivy extract in prospan syrup is obtained through a proprietary extraction process. It is also important to know that the ivy’s effectiveness in the syrup has to do with how they collect it.
Thanks to the fact that the ivy in prospan syrup follows a patented harvesting and extraction process, the extract has unique properties. In addition, the packaging contains a seal that identifies and refers to the patented extraction method.
Due to its properties, the special extract from Hedera helix EA 575® helps to treat diseases related to cough. The components of ivy extract help to dissolve mucus and reduce bronchial spasms, which alleviates the need to cough.
Researchers currently know that part of the effects of this syrup are mainly due to α-hederin, one of the active principles of the extract in the syrup.
How does prospan syrup work?
Prospan syrup combats the three most common symptoms of cough. Therefore, it has three main actions:
- Mucolytic effect : Ivy reduces the viscosity of the mucus to make it more fluid and easier to eliminate.
- Mucolytic: Prospan works by dilating the bronchi to help you breathe better.
- Antitussive action : As a consequence of the other two actions, by dilating the bronchi and helping with expectoration, it can relieve your cough.
Indications and dosage of prospan syrup
As we mentioned, this syrup treats cough, and anyone over 2 years can use it. Here are the guidelines based on age:
- For those over 12 years: 5 ml, three times a day.
- In children 6 to 12 years: 5 ml, twice a day.
- For the youngest, from 2 to 5 years: 2.5 ml, twice a day.
Prospan syrup is a safe and natural alternative for treating coughs because it helps remove bronchial secretion and relieve inflammation in the airways.
If in doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. If the cough does not go away within a few days, it may be a sign of another condition or problem. You may need a prescription for another type of medicine.