Homeopathy 2012; 101(02): 84-91
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2012.02.002
Original Paper
Copyright © The Faculty of Homeopathy 2012

Homeopathy in chronic sinusitis: a prospective multi-centric observational study

Chaturbhuja Nayak
1  Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
,
Vikram Singh
1  Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
,
V.P. Singh
1  Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
,
Praveen Oberai
1  Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
,
Varanasi Roja
1  Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
,
Shashi Shekhar Shitanshu
1  Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
,
M.N. Sinha
2  Regional Research Institute (H), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
,
Deepti Deewan
2  Regional Research Institute (H), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
,
B.C. Lakhera
3  Clinical Research Unit (H), Gangtok, Sikkim, India
,
Sunil Ramteke
4  Regional Research Institute (H), Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
,
Subhash Kaushik
5  Central Research Institute (H), Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
,
Sarabjit Sarkar
6  Clinical Research Unit (H), Shillong, Meghalaya, India
,
N.R. Mandal
7  Clinical Research Unit (H), Agartala, Tripura, India
,
P.G. Mohanan
8  Central Research Institute (H), Kottayam, Kerala, India
,
J.R. Singh
9  Regional Research Institute (H), Guwahati, Assam, India
,
Sabyasachi Biswas
9  Regional Research Institute (H), Guwahati, Assam, India
,
Georgekutty Mathew
6  Clinical Research Unit (H), Shillong, Meghalaya, India
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Received03 May 2011
revised14 December 2011

accepted06 February 2012

Publication Date:
29 December 2017 (online)

Objective: The primary objective was to ascertain the therapeutic usefulness of homeopathic medicine in the management of chronic sinusitis (CS).

Materials and methods: Multicentre observational study at Institutes and Units of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, India. Symptoms were assessed using the chronic sinusitis assessment score (CSAS). 17 pre-defined homeopathic medicines were shortlisted for prescription on the basis of repertorisation for the pathological symptoms of CS. Regimes and adjustment of regimes in the event of a change of symptoms were pre-defined. The follow-up period was for 6 months. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS version 16.

Results: 628 patients suffering from CS confirmed on X-ray were enrolled from eight Institutes and Units of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy. All 550 patients with at least one follow-up assessment were analyzed. There was a statistically significant reduction in CSAS (P = 0.0001, Friedman test) after 3 and 6 months of treatment. Radiological appearances also improved. A total of 13 out of 17 pre-defined medicines were prescribed in 550 patients, Sil. (55.2% of 210), Calc. (62.5% of 98), Lyc. (69% of 55), Phos. (66.7% of 45) and Kali iod. (65% of 40) were found to be most useful having marked improvement. 4/17 medicines were never prescribed. No complications were observed during treatment.

Conclusion: Homeopathic treatment may be effective for CS patients. Controlled trials are required for further validation.