In the latest issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, researchers at the Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine have reported...
...that buckwheat honey, which provides symptomatic relief for nighttime cough and sleep difficulty associated with upper respiratory tract infection in children, could substitute the use of dextromethorphan, the main ingredient in over-the-counter cough suppressants.
The research team, led by Dr.Ian Paul, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Childrenâ€™s Hospital, conducted the double-blinded randomized study on 105 children suffering from upper respiratory infections and nocturnal symptoms, and demonstrated that a single dose of honey, administered 30 minutes before bedtime, is more effective than honey-flavored dextromethorphan (DM) or no treatment, in relieving the symptoms of upper respiratory infection. The researchers also noticed that children administered DM showed almost similar effects as children without any treatment.
Via Sepp Hasslberger, John Zulaikha