Randomized controlled pilot study to compareHomeopathy and Conventional therapy in AcuteOtitis Media’

Regional Research Institute of Homeopathy, Jaipur (Rajasthan), India.
Homeopathy: the journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy (Impact Factor: 0.76). 01/2012; 101(January):5-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2011.08.003


Objective: To compare the effectiveness of Homeopathy and Conventional therapy in
Acute Otitis Media (AOM).
Method: A randomized placebo-controlled parallel group pilot study of homeopathic
vs conventional treatment for AOM was conducted in Jaipur, India. Patients were randomized
by a computer generated random number list to receive either individualized
homeopathic medicines in fifty millesimal (LM) potencies, or conventional treatment including
analgesics, antipyretics and anti-inflammatory drugs. Patients who did not improve
were prescribed antibiotics at the 3rd day. Outcomes were assessed by the
Acute Otitis Media-Severity of Symptoms (AOM-SOS) Scale and Tympanic Membrane
Examination over 21 days.
Results: 81 patients were included, 80 completed follow-up: 41 for conventional and 40
for homeopathic treatment. In the Conventional group, all 40 (100%) patients were
cured, in the Homeopathy group, 38 (95%) patients were cured while 02 (5%) patients
were lost to the last two follow-up. By the 3rd day of treatment, 4 patients were cured
in Homeopathy group but in Conventional group only one patient was cured. In the Conventional
group antibiotics were prescribed in 39 (97.5%), no antibiotics were required in
the Homeopathy group. 85% of patients were prescribed six homeopathic medicines.
Conclusion: Individualized homeopathy is an effective conventional treatment in AOM,
there were no significant differences between groups in the main outcome. Symptomatic
improvement was quicker in the Homeopathy group, and there was a large difference
in antibiotic requirements, favouring homeopathy. Further work on a larger scale
should be conducted.

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