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