Homeopathic medicine could possibly provide relief for acute respiratory (colds) and ear complaints in children & adults and has been shown to be more effective in treating these symptoms than conventional medicine.
In 2007, the outcomes of over 1500 patients suffering with at least one of the following complaints: acute runny nose, sore throat, ear pain, sinus pain or cough were studied and published. The patients, from 57 primary care practices in 8 countries, were given either Homeopathic medicine or conventional treatment.
The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of Homeopathic medicine compared to conventional treatment for acute respiratory and ear complaints. 857 people received homeopathic (H) and 720 conventional (C) treatment. The majority of patients in both groups reported their outcome after 14 days of treatment as complete recovery or major improvement.
Figure 3 Onset of improvement within the first week. Onset of improvement within the first week of treatment (cumulative percentages of patients that experienced their first improvement). Children n = 659 (homeopathy, 407; conventional, 252) and adults n = 907 (homeopathy, 445; conventional, 462). Full-set analysis values with * p = 0.0448 for children and * p = 0.0001 for adults, using the Chi-square test on data points of the whole curve.
This comparative cohort study conducted by the HomInt organisation, Karlsruhe, Germany, involved 1557 patients in primary care practices from 6 European countries, the UK and the USA; and demonstrates homeopathic medicine for acute respiratory and ear complaints.
These results certainly contribute to the growing evidence that homeopathy could possibly be a beneficial treatment strategy for acute diseases in primary care settings. Homeopaths acknowledge that the body of evidence for homeopathic medicine is small but growing and much more research needs to happen.
Skilled in unravelling complex patterns of ill health, Sarah Penrose is a qualified, registered and endorsed natural health professional specializing in homeopathic medicine.