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Randomized, double-blind trial on the efficacy of homeopathic treatment inchildren with recurrent tonsillitis

Furuta, Sergio E; Weckx, Luc L. M; Figueiredo, Claudia R.
Rev. homeopatia (São Paulo) ; 80(3/4): 136-141, 2017. graf, tab
Article in English | HomeoIndex (homeopathy) | ID: hom-12040

Objective:

The efficacy and safety of homeopathic treatment was investigated onchildren with recurrent tonsillitis justifying surgery.

Methods:

Prospective, randomized,double-blind clinical trial that included 40 children between ages of 3 to 7 years old;20 children were treated with homeopathic medication and 20 children with placebo.Follow up was 4 months per child. Assessment of results was clinical by means of astandard questionnaire and clinical examination on the first and last day of treatment.Recurrent tonsillitis was defined as 5 to 7 episodes of bacterial acute tonsillitis per year.

Results:

From the group of 18 children who completed homeopathic treatment, 14 didnot present any episode of acute bacterial tonsillitis; from the group of 15 children whoreceived placebo 5 patients did not present tonsillitis; this difference was statisticallysignificant (p= 0,015). None of the patient exhibited side effects.

Conclusions:

Homeopathic treatment was effective in children with recurrent tonsillitis compared toplacebo, 14 children (78%) were no longer indicated surgery. Homeopathic treatmentwas not associated with adverse events. (AU)
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