With the 4-fold power of ivy against coughing due to bronchitis

How does Prospan®? work?

What makes Prospan® the right choice against coughs, and above all, what do the ingredients do for you?

Ivy as a phytoactive ingredient

The evolution from the plant “in which gods and spirits live” to research into ivy took a long, long time. Even today, not all ivy is alike.

Research

Precise, creative and visionary in our research, and optimum quality though our own production – that's how we work.

What makes Prospan® the right choice against coughs?

Prospan® cough preparations stand out from others as they are produced using an individual and unique manufacturing process. This exclusive process results in the unique Prospan® Special-Ivy-Extract EA 575®, whose individual characteristics can be compared to a fingerprint.

Thanks to its pneumoactive formula®, the special extract is able to effectively treat complex cough-related processes. Prospan® liquefies the sticky mucus trapped in the bronchi, allowing it to be coughed up more easily and thus removed from the body. As a result of the relaxant effect on the bronchi, constricted airways are widened, enabling you to breathe more freely again.

Prospan® cough preparations are effective and especially well tolerated.

Compared to various other cough preparations, Prospan® is very versatile. It can be used not only for acute forms of cough, but also for chronic, inflammatory bronchial conditions. An additional advantage of Prospan® is its broad product range. You’ll find a solution to match every age segment. The appropriate form of administration can be found here.

Ivy as a phytoactive ingredient

For centuries now, people have been relying on the healing power of ivy to treat inflammatory bronchial conditions. Today, in modern phytomedicine, ivy is used as a medication for the effective treatment of coughing. The full extent of its capabilities is the subject of continuous research, however, and new studies are providing more and more details.

Good to know:

Compared to various other cough preparations, Prospan® is very versatile. It can be used not only for acute forms of cough, but also to accompany therapy for chronic, inflammatory bronchial conditions with coughing as a symptom.

The important active ingredients of ivy are the saponins. Where and how they act is the subject of current research. Scientists have discovered, for example, that the dilating effect that these saponins have on the bronchi also depends on their concentration.

The exact composition and production of an ivy extract can therefore have an influence on its actual effectiveness. Prospan® cough preparations stand out from others as they are produced using an individual and unique manufacturing process. This exclusive process results in the unique Prospan® Special-Ivy-Extract EA 575®, whose individual characteristics can be compared to a fingerprint.

Phytopharmaceutical trend – increasing demand

A study by the Allensbach Institute found that the demand for naturopathy is constantly increasing. In the 1970s, for example, only about 50% of the population used natural remedies – and now nearly 75% of patients prefer to use plant-based medications.

Many plant-based medications today have been very thoroughly studied with regard to their effectiveness and tolerability. For the consumer, this means very good tolerability in use.

Phytopharmaceuticals also offer benefits from a therapeutic viewpoint:

  • Many diseases have complex causes and can be better treated by combinations of active ingredients than by a single active ingredient.
  • Phytopreparations often have a broader therapeutic efficacy profile compared to synthetic drugs.
  • Plant-based medications are generally very well tolerated and comfortable to use.
Research and quality assurance

Research and quality assurance

More than 60 years’ experience in basic research, continuous advancement and innovative perspectives – Engelhard Arzneimittel applies these strengths for the benefit of its patients. The focus is on producing particularly well-tolerated medicines and medical devices, whose effect, strength, and form of administration are all geared towards patients’ individual needs.

Know where it comes from – our quality assurance starts long before completion of the end product.
A bottle of our cough syrup Prospan® undergoes a large number of checks before it can be found on pharmacy shelves in its finished packaging: from raw material checks to in-process controls, right through to the seamless final inspections. As a manufacturer of medicines we assume a special responsibility, as is reflected in our official certifications and strict production standards.

Plants are not exactly medicine

Plants are not exactly medicine

All well-researched medicinal plants – valerian, St. John’s wort, ivy, etc. – now exist as extract and in the form of tablets, liquids, etc. But how does a finished medication differ from the traditional infusions or tinctures which were often still prepared at home in Granny’s day? Ivy serves as a good example to explain the difference: the plant-based active ingredient of ivy is not the plant itself, but rather the dried ivy leaf extract. The extract is a complex composite mixture of active ingredients, whose composition is influenced by several decisive factors.

These include the quality of the medicinal plant and the part of it which is used as raw material, the medium used to extract the medicinal plant-based active ingredient, and the manufacturing process ultimately applied.

Note: there is no such thing as a specifically defined extract from a medicinal plant; a “copy” is nearly impossible!

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Prospan® Special-Ivy-Extract EA 575®

The hallmark of Prospan® cough preparations is their individual and unique manufacturing process. This patented process results in the unique Prospan® Special-Ivy-Extract EA 575®, whose individual characteristics can be compared to a fingerprint.

That’s why Prospan® is unlike any other ivy syrup.

Unlike other, chemical cough medicine, this special extract is able to provide comprehensive treatment for the full range of complex cough-related processes. Its ingredients can not only liquefy the mucus, but also reduce the cramping of the bronchial muscles and relieve the urge to cough. Many other products can perform only one function – suppress coughing – or the other – liquefy mucus.

History

Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine” (460 to about 375 BC), helped to establish the tremendous popularity of ivy as a medicinal plant. He still knew nothing about its healing ingredients, however. Rather, he believed in gods and spirits who lived in the plants and gave them their healing power.

Other physicians who also held the healing power of ivy in high esteem included both Dioscorides (about 40 to 90 AD), military physician under Nero, and more than a thousand years later Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179). Hildegard recommended ivy for external use only, however, with the explanation she gave for its efficacy reflecting a commonly held belief at the time – namely, that the disease was transferred from patient to plant.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) was also aware of the healing action of ivy: according to his reports, wild boars cured their diseases with ivy. In the 16th century, ivy attracted increasing attention as a drug for the treatment of inflammatory bronchial conditions. But it was not until the 19th century that ivy made its breakthrough from simple folk remedy to a natural cough medication which could be taken seriously.

And that happened by accident:

A physician noticed that the children in a certain region in southern France suffered from coughing less frequently than in other places. He discovered that those children drank their milk from ivy wood bowls. He came to the conclusion that there must be substances in the wood which were transferred into the milk and which provided protection against coughing. And he was right. But today we know that the active substances in ivy are primarily contained in the leaves.