Treatment of Acute Childhood Diarrhea With Homeopathic Medicine:

clinical trial

A randomized clinical trial in Nicaragua.


Acute diarrhea is the leading cause of pediatric morbidity and mortality worldwide. Oral rehydration treatment can prevent death from dehydration, but does not reduce the duration of individual episodes. Homeopathic treatment for acute diarrhea is used in many parts of the world. This study was performed to determine whether homeopathy is useful in the treatment of acute childhood diarrhea.


A randomized double-blind clinical trial comparing homeopathic medicine with placebo in the treatment of acute childhood diarrhea was conducted in León, Nicaragua, in July 1991. Eighty-one children aged 6 months to 5 years of age were included in the study. An individualized homeopathic medicine was prescribed for each child and daily follow-up was performed for 5 days. Standard treatment with oral rehydration treatment was also given.


The treatment group had a statistically significant (P < .05) decrease in duration of diarrhea, defined as the number of days until there were less than three unformed stools daily for 2 consecutive days. There was also a significant difference (P < .05) in the number of stools per day between the two groups after 72 hours of treatment.


The statistically significant decrease in the duration of diarrhea in the treatment group suggests that homeopathic treatment might be useful in acute childhood diarrhea. Further study of this treatment deserves consideration.

The abstract can be read here




  1. “The next issue of the journal contained a rather damning critique, [in which] they concluded,

    “In summary: 1) The study used an unreliable and unproved diagnostic and
    therapeutic scheme; 2)There was no control for product adulteration;
    3)Treatment selection was arbitrary; 4) The data were placed into odd
    groupings without explanation, and contained errors and unexplained
    inconsistencies; 5) The results were not clinically significant and were
    probably not statistically significant; 6) There was no public health
    significance; 7) Selection of references was incomplete and biased to
    support the claims of the article, and references were quoted
    inaccurately; and 8 ) Editorializations were inappropriate.”

    When Jacobs did her own metaanalysis of the first three trials she
    acknowledged the lack of statistical power in these studies and
    recommended larger trials. She did the fourth larger trial (which was
    also of better quality) and surprise surprise,

    The homeopathic combination therapy tested in this study did not
    significantly reduce the duration or severity of acute diarrhea in
    Honduran children.

    The result of this careful study was that the homeopathic treatment was no better than a placebo.”

  2. We know that Homeopathy works and in miraculous ways, so stop trying to prove it. Forget trying to convince idiots that it works.

  3. hehe..jaha tk acute diarrhoea ka sawal h .. ab me sochta hi nhi..chahe infant ho child ho ya adult. only dose differ krta hu..baki ars alb 8x aur nux vomica 3x . ka ek ek dose. ek sath de do. ajtk kbhi fail nhi kiya isne. ha ..thoda bht bacha ho to dose repeat kiya ja skta ye lgbhag ramban h. ha agrrecurrency hoti h to cause find krna aur use resolve krna jruri h..baki acute diarrhoea me to aur kuch sochne ki jrurt hi nhi pdti. bs dono medine ki 3-3 drops ek table spoon full me dal kr de do. sb badhiya ho jata h..


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