Homeopathic Therapy in Pediatric Atopic Diseases: Short- And Long-Term Results

Homeopathy. 2016 Aug;105(3):217-224. doi: 10.1016/j.homp.2016.03.001. Epub 2016 Apr 13.

Abstract

Aim: To study the outcomes of atopic diseases in children treated with homeopathy at the Homeopathic Clinic of Lucca (Italy) and related long-term results after approximately an 8-year period.

Materials and methods: Our data derive from an observational longitudinal study carried out on 857 pediatric patients who consecutive visited from 1998 to 2014. Children with atopic diseases were 325 (37.9%), 126 (39%) suffered from atopic dermatitis, 72 (22%) from allergic rhinitis, and 127 (39%) from asthma. Moreover, a long-term study was conducted on a subset of 107/165 patients, consecutively visited from 1998 to 2006, and with ≥5 years follow-up. The study also investigated the evolution of overall symptoms in those patients with a complex atopic symptomatology.

Results: 75.8% of atopic children had moderate or major improvement (67.1% with asthma as the primary disease; 84.2% rhinitis; 84.2% dermatitis). At re-evaluation after 5-10 years, complete remission of atopic symptoms was obtained in 70.1% of the children: 84.2% in dermatitis; 48.1% in allergic rhinitis; 71.4% in asthma. Children with two or three atopic diseases at the first visit were completely cured in 40% of cases.

Conclusion: The results seem to confirm that homeopathic medicine produces positive therapeutic response in atopic children.

Keywords: Allergic rhinitis; Asthma; Atopic diseases; Dermatitis; Homeopathy; Short and long term results.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / therapy*
  • Female
  • Homeopathy*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Italy
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rhinitis, Allergic / therapy*