Homeopathy 2020; 109(01): A1-A28
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1702129
Poster Abstracts
The Faculty of Homeopathy

A Quantitative Analysis on Effectiveness of Homeopathic Treatment in the Management of Allergic Rhinitis in Children

Kanika Sabharwal
1  Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Smt. C.M.P Homeopathic Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Publication Date:
05 February 2020 (online)

 

Background: Allergic rhinitis affects about 10–40% people globally. About three-fourths of Indian children suffering from allergic rhinitis are found to be symptomatic, hampering quality of life and emerging as a leading cause of school absenteeism. Homeopathy aims to boost immunity, alter susceptibility and decrease the predisposition towards allergies.

Aim: To determine the role of homeopathy in treating allergic rhinitis – reducing the frequency and intensity of attacks, boosting immunity and increasing tolerance towards various allergens.

Methods:

  • A descriptive, observational study, including 30 cases.

  • An evaluation tool, ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis & its Impact on Asthma), was used to stage the allergic rhinitis before and after treatment, and paired t-test was applied.

  • During homeopathic treatment a 2-fold approach was used – a medicine to boost immunity and modify the allergic tendency during symptom-free periods, and an acute remedy during exacerbation of the allergic episode.

  • Outcome measurement was done based on the post-treatment stage. Symptoms persisting in stage 1 and 2 were considered as improvement, and symptoms ≤4 days a week or ≤4 weeks were considered as stage 0 or cured.

Results: Analysis of the cases after 6 months of treatment revealed that 70% of included cases were cured, 27% showed improvement at 3% were drop-outs.

Conclusion:

  • Based on the results, the null hypothesis was rejected and it was concluded that homeopathy is effective in treating paediatric allergic rhinitis by modifying the allergic tendency.

  • The objective of reducing the frequency and intensity of episodes after treatment with homeopathy was attained, as evident from the post-treatment analysis.

  • Allergen tolerance towards weather change and coloured food was achieved.

Keywords: Allergic rhinitis, homeopathy, immunity, susceptibility