Which homeopathic medicines are used to treat ear infections?
Homeopathy is magnificent for the treatment for childhood ear infections. It is often as simply as ABC + P: Aconitum, Belladonna, Chamomilla, & Pulsatilla…with less common use of Mercurius, Mercurius iodatus.flavus., Merc iodatus.ruber, Hepar sulphur, and Silicea. Results are often rapid, but even when they aren't, it seems as though these children still aren't getting as many ear infections as those who are prescribed antibiotics.
According to a recent study of 75 children with otitis media that was published in Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, parent's diary scores showed a significant decrease in symptoms at 24 and 64 hours after treatment in favor of those given a homeopathic medicine (P<.05). There were also 20% less "treatment failures" in children given a homeopathic medicine as compared with those given a placebo.
[Reference: J Jacobs, DA Springer, D Crothers, Homeopathic Treatment of Acute Otitis Media in Children: A Preliminary Randomized Placebo-controlled Trial, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 20,2 (February 2001):177-183.]
How long will serious earaches usually last after homeopathic treatment?
There is an old saying, "the bigger they are, the harder they fall." I translate that into the more serious the pain and discomfort, the faster the relief. It is as though their defenses are so strong that the homeopathic medicine provides a greater and faster relief than those with mild, persistent discomfort.
Typically, the relief from a homeopathic medicine is within a couple of hours and certainly after one night's rest.
What potencies are usually used to treat ear infections?
From 6th to 1,000 (known as "1M"). The more confident I am, the higher the potency, and the more vitality the child has, the higher the potency. That said, people who are not as knowledgeable of homeopathic medicines should use the 6th, 12th, or 30th potencies.
How often do you recommend repeat the application of the remedy in acute cases?
- 12th and 30th – I usually repeat every 2-4 hours in severe pain and every 4-6 hours in mild pain
- 200 and 1M – in severe pain, I recommend every 2 hours for the first 3 doses, and in mild pain every 4-6 hours
- if no change after 24 hours, I consider another remedy
- stop taking the medicine once obvious improvement begins
- start taking it again if pain returns