Homeopathy in the treatment of tubercular lymphadenitis (TBLN)--an Indian experience

Homeopathy. 2011 Jul;100(3):157-67. doi: 10.1016/j.homp.2010.11.006.

Abstract

Tuberculosis (TB) has been known since antiquity. In spite of effective antibiotic treatment, it is still a major worldwide public health problem. Endogenous factors are important in the development of active disease. Homeopathic medicines have the potential for immune-modulation and hence to influence endogenous factors in disease. In India, patients with tubercular lymphadenitis (TBLN) often consult homeopaths but such cases are seldom documented. The objective of the present study is to document such experience. A retrospective exploratory study of 25 positively diagnosed cases of TBLN has lead to the development of a homeopathic regime consisting of a patient specific constitutional medicine, one disease specific biotherapy (Tuberculinum) and Silicea 6x as supportive medicine. Homeopathy can be used as a complement to conventional anti tubercular treatment (ATT) with beneficial results. Further validation in controlled trials with immunological markers is required.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Homeopathy / methods*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Male
  • Materia Medica / therapeutic use
  • Plant Preparations / therapeutic use*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Silicates / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Tuberculosis, Lymph Node / drug therapy*

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Materia Medica
  • Plant Preparations
  • Silicates