Effectiveness and tolerability of a homoeopathic remedy compared with conventional therapy for mild viral infections

Int J Clin Pract. 2004 Sep;58(9):827-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2004.00150.x.


Treatments for mild viral infections are usually directed at providing symptomatic relief. The effectiveness of the homoeopathic remedy Gripp-Heel was compared with that of conventional treatments in a prospective, observational cohort study in 485 patients with mild viral infections and symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain, cough or sore throat. Practitioners specialised in homoeopathy or conventional treatment, or practised both to similar extents. As evaluated by the practitioners, the homoeopathic therapy was effective to similar or greater degree than the conventional therapies: 67.9% of patients were considered asymptomatic at the end of Gripp-Heel therapy vs. 47.9% of patients in the control group. Practitioners judged homoeopathic treatments as 'successful' in 78.1% of cases vs. 52.2% for conventional therapies. Tolerability and compliance were good in both treatment groups, with the verdict 'very good' given for 88.9% of patients in the homoeopathic group vs. 38.8% in the conventional treatment group.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use*
  • Antitussive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Homeopathy* / standards
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Virus Diseases / therapy*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Antitussive Agents
  • Antiviral Agents