Homeopathy and respiratory allergies: A series of 147 cases

ArticleinHomeopathy 95(2):68-72 · May 2006with4 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2006.01.003 · Source: PubMed
Abstract
Allergies, especially respiratory allergies, are one of the indications for which homeopathic treatment is most frequently sought. The progress of 147 cases of respiratory allergy since in private homeopathic practice is reported here. Only two cases of ear, nose and throat (ENT) allergies out of a total of 105 showed no improvement, no patients deteriorated. Two cases with worsening and three without improvement were noted out of 42 cases of pulmonary allergies. The constitutional homeopathic remedies varied, Lycopodium, Pulsatilla and Sulphur were most frequently prescribed for ENT allergies, there was no predominantly prescribed remedy in the pulmonary allergy group. Thirty one cases of respiratory allergies consulted only once. The reasons for such a state have been reviewed. If all these cases were therapeutic failures, the success rate of the homeopathic treatment is 87.6%.
    • "Huperzine A is a potent, reversible and selective acetylcholinesterase inhibitor [25] and is promising for treatment of symptoms of Alzheimer's disease [23]. Lycopodium clavatum is available as homeopathic remedy for treatment of mental, liver, eye, skin, urological and inflammatory diseases, respiratory allergies as well as eczema, otitis media, tumor, and cough26272829. L. complanatum has been also used against some skin diseases in Russia and central Asia [30]. "
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    • "In this study, Nux-v rated second after Sulph, whereas in our study 47.5% of the children were relieved by Nux-v, followed by Merc and Bell. Colin [10] frequently used Puls, Sulph and Lycopodium clavatum in respiratory allergies. We also observed that the former two medicines were useful in 14% of the children with acute rhinitis, however Lyc did not fall within our trial group of medicines. "
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