The ear can be anatomically divided into the outer ear (up to the eardrum), the middle ear and the inner ear. The inner ear is connected to the nasopharynx via the so-called ear trumpet or Eustachian tube and is ventilated through this very access. If the mucous membrane lining the Eustachian tube swells - for example with a cold - the eustachian tube closes. This favours germ colonisation in the inner and middle ear.
Homeopathy as an alternative treatment and advice on prevention and supportive self-help
Acute otitis media is one of the most common infectious diseases in childhood. It occurs more frequently from December to March. 75-95% of all children develop acute otitis media at least once, 30% even three times and more often. Children between 6 months and 6 years are particularly affected . With otitis media, the mucous membrane that lines the middle ear and covers the inside of the eardrum is inflamed. The clinical picture of an acute otitis media is characterized by fever, earache, hearing impairment and a reduced general condition. The diagnosis is confirmed when the pediatrician determines the typical changes in the eardrum in the ear: it becomes red and bulged, and possibly also perforated.
Usually, otitis media in children are treated with one or more of the following drugs due to the threat of complications:-
The decongestant nasal drops can have effects on the entire organism, such as an increase in blood pressure and a faster heartbeat. If overdosed, they can even lead to respiratory paralysis in babies. Long-term use (> 2-3 weeks) can damage the nasal mucous membrane.
The antibiotics can cause allergies up to shock-like reactions (anaphylaxis), skin rashes and digestive problems can occur, and with some active substances also blood disorders. In general, diarrhea is one of the most common side effects of antibiotic therapy. In addition, fungal infections occur more frequently after taking antibiotics. Another problem is the emergence of resistant germs with frequent use of antibiotics.
The choice of homeopathic drug is not based on the clinical diagnosis - in this case otitis media - but on the main symptoms. The rule of similars is to be understood as the basic rule of homeopathy. Accordingly, the symptoms are compared with the so-called drug pictures. These are all the characteristics, symptoms and peculiarities that occur in a healthy person when he takes the respective drug. Many remedies show discomfort to the ears in their homeopathic remedy picture. They are shortlisted for the treatment of ear diseases, for example:-
Is there an alternative to antibiotics for treating acute otitis media? - This is a question that not only countless mothers ask themselves. The Munich pediatrician Sigrid Kruse pursued it in her doctoral thesis (Sigrid Kruse: Otitis Media in Children. Homeopathic Therapy versus Conventional Therapy, Stuttgart: Hippokrates 1998).
It was found that the children with acute otitis media in the homeopathically treated group A recovered just as quickly and reliably as those in the conventionally treated group B. Serious complications did not occur in any case. Persistent tube ventilation disorders (through the Eustachian tube) were found with similar frequency in both groups.
The therapy was, in the homeopathic treatment group A, significantly shorter than in the conventionally treated group B. In the follow-up within a year, no significant difference between the two groups was found, however, the group A treated with Homeopathy had fewer relapses (recurrences)!
course of acute otitis in children who were treated either with
homeopathically was compared. The homeopathic remedy was selected
the prevailing symptoms.
In particular, it was examined what influence the different treatments had on:
The course of the disease was examined at the following intervals:
The data from a total of 131 children were evaluated. 103 children received homeopathic treatment, 28 children were treated with antibiotics.
Homeopathy is therefore a better treatment option for otitis media (the German original of the book trumpeting this study can be seen at https://www.carstens-stiftung.de/artikel/homoeopathie-bei-mittelohrentzuendung.html)!
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