Research: FRIESE and colleagues, HN

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Abstract

FRIESE and colleagues, HND-Arzt, Weil der Stadt, Universitats Kinderklinik Tubingen compared conventional and homoeopathic treatments of acute otitis media in children within a prospective group study of 5 practising otorhinolaryngologists.

Background

Methodology

Group A (103 children) was treated primarily with homoeopathic single remedies - Aconitum napellus, Apis mellifica, Belladonna, Capsicum, Chamomilla, Kalium bichromicum, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Mercurius solubilis, Okoubaka, Pulsatilla, Silicea. Group B (28 children) was treated with decongestant nose-drops, antibiotics, secretolytics and/or antipyretics (drugs to reduce fever). Comparisons were made by symptoms, physical findings, lenth of therapy and number of relapses. The children in the study were between 1-11 years. The discrepancy in the numbers between groups was due to the children with otitis media being primarily treated by paediatricians using conventional methods.

Results

The median duration of pain was 2 days in group G and 3 days for group B. Median length of time of therapy for group A was 4 days; group B 10 days. Antibiotics were given over a period of 8-10 days; homoeopathic treatments were stopped after healing. For group A, 70.7% of children were free of relapses within a year and 29.3% had a maximum of 3 relapses. In Group B, 56.5% were without relapses; 43.5% had a maximum of 6 relapses. 5 children in Group A were given antibiotics, while 98 responded solely to homoeopathic treatment. No side effects of treatment were observed in either group.

Conclusion

References

Friese KH et al. Acute otitis media in children. Comparison between conventional and homeopathic therapy. HND 44(8): 462-6. Aug 1996.

Comment

These results offer great encouragement and the research is crying out to be replicated by other clinics. In the above study, the results of the homoeopathic treatment were clearly superior to conventional treatment, with a greater proportion of children remaining free of relapses within 1 year.

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