A prospective multicentric observational study to evolve the usefulness of 13 predefined homoeopathic medicines in the management of acute rhinitis in children.

  • Chaturbhuja Nayak Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
  • Vikram Singh Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
  • Krishna Singh Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
  • Hari Singh Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
  • Praveen Oberai Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
  • Varanasi Roja Central Council for Research in Homoeoapthy
  • Maya Padmanabhan Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
  • Sunil Prasad Clinical Research Unit, Agartala
  • Manu Dev Arya Central Research Institute, Noida
  • Punnackal Gopalan Mohanan Central Research Institute, Kottayam
  • Ojit Singh Regional Research Institute (H), Imphal
  • Maniakkupara Devasia John Central Research Institute, Noida
  • Nameirakpam Bir Kumar Singh Clinical Research Unit (H), Dimapur
  • Swami Raj Bhagat Bhagat Regional Research Institute (H), New Shimla
  • Sunil Ramteke Regional Research Institute (H), New Shimla
Keywords: observational study, homeopathy, acute rhinitis in children, nux vomica, mercurius solubilis, belladonna.

Abstract

Aims: The study aimed to evaluate the effect of a group of homeopathic medicines in children with acute rhinitis. Materials and methods: In this multi-centric open clinical trial, a total of 784 children (408 males; 384 females) aged 6 months to 15 years, presenting symptoms of acute rhinitis were enrolled from 7 Institutes/ Units under the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (India). Symptoms were assessed using an acute rhinitis symptom score (ARSS). A total of 13 homeopathic medicines were shortlisted after repertorizing the nosological symptoms of acute rhinitis in children and the results were analyzed. The medicines were prescribed in dilution 6c (10-12) and doses were repeated from few minutes to few hours as per the need of the case. Appearance of any change (improvement or worsening) was followed by placebo / change in dilution or change in medicine according to the response of the patient. The follow up period was up to the 7th day of illness. Results: Out of 784 children enrolled, 638 children were followed up and analyzed. A significant change in the score from the baseline (p<0.05) was observed. Twelve medicines were found to be useful in 638 children suffering from acute rhinitis and among them Nux-v (n=109), Merc (n=106) and Bell (n=88) were the most useful. No complications were observed during the treatment. Adverse events in the form of hyperpyrexia were observed in 2 children only. Conclusion: This study indicates the usefulness of homeopathic medicines in the management of acute rhinitis of children; controlled studies are needed to investigate their efficacy and effectiveness.

Author Biographies

Chaturbhuja Nayak, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
Director General, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Dept. of AYUSH
Vikram Singh, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
entral Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Dept. of AYUSH, Deputy Director
Krishna Singh, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
Hari Singh, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
Praveen Oberai, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
Varanasi Roja, Central Council for Research in Homoeoapthy
Maya Padmanabhan, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
Sunil Prasad, Clinical Research Unit, Agartala
Manu Dev Arya, Central Research Institute, Noida
Punnackal Gopalan Mohanan, Central Research Institute, Kottayam
Ojit Singh, Regional Research Institute (H), Imphal
Maniakkupara Devasia John, Central Research Institute, Noida
Nameirakpam Bir Kumar Singh, Clinical Research Unit (H), Dimapur
Swami Raj Bhagat Bhagat, Regional Research Institute (H), New Shimla
Sunil Ramteke, Regional Research Institute (H), New Shimla
Published
2010-03-22
Section
Clinical Research