Influenza still takes a toll. The effectiveness of anti-viral drugs has been disputed and children especially have been prone to complications following an infection.
With this in mind, Brazilian researchers searched for a new preventative flu treatment that also had a favourable safety profile; they tested homeopathy.
The researchers recruited 600 children aged 1 to 5 years old from the Brazilian Public Health System and entered them into a trial in which they were given either InfluBio (a conventional medicine), placebo, or a homeopathic complex (a mix of homeopathic remedies traditionally used to treat and prevent the flu).
While the number of infections during the following year were low, there was a difference between the three groups of children. There were no infections in the homeopathic group, one in the InfluBio group, three in the placebo group.
The researchers concluded: “These results suggested that the use of homeopathic medicines minimized the number of flu and acute respiratory infection symptomatic episodes in children, signalizing that the homeopathic prophylactic potential should be investigated in further studies.”
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