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Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Diarrhea

The first study followed 81 Nicaraguan children aged 6 months to 5 years, each of whom had acute diarrhea. 1 Each child had a classical homeopathic evaluation and then was assigned an individual remedy in the potency 30c, or placebo. The results showed statistically significant improvement in the treated group as compared to the placebo group. (Both groups were also treated with standard oral fluid solutions to counteract dehydration.)
Positive results were also reported in a very similar study of 126 Nepalese children. 2
However, a trial of much the same design but including only 33 children, failed to find meaningful evidence of benefit. 3 Note that for statistical reasons, studies with fewer participants are relatively likely to miss actual benefits; therefore, this study does not, in fact, tend to invalidate the other two.
Another study by these researchers enrolled 292 Honduran children with acute diarrhea, and tested a fixed combination containing five popular homeopathic remedies. 4 The combination remedy failed to prove more effective than placebo.

Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for Diarrhea

In classical homeopathy , there are many possible homeopathic treatments for diarrhea, to be chosen based on various specific details of the person seeking treatment.
When a child has diarrhea that is characterized by profuse, foul-smelling stools that are watery, gushing, and painless, and he has a great thirst for large quantities of cold water, then his condition may fit the symptom picture for the homeopathic remedy Podophyllum . He might also be fidgety and restless.
However, if a child is generally hot and desires cold drinks, and has colicky, slimy, foul-smelling diarrhea with green stools that look like green grass, her condition might fit the symptom picture for the homeopathic remedy Chamomilla .
When a child is restless, anxious, and fearful, feels much worse around midnight and has painful diarrhea with burning sensations, he may fit the symptom picture for homeopathic Arsenicum . Other characteristic symptoms include a red, sore anus, discomfort that is relieved by hot applications, and the complaint of feeling chilly, especially on his arms and legs.


Jacobs J, Jimenez LM, Gloyd SS, et al. Treatment of acute childhood diarrhea with homeopathic medicine: a randomized clinical trial in Nicaragua. Pediatrics . 1994;93:719–725.

Jacobs J, Jimenez LM, Malthouse S, et al. Homeopathic treatment of acute childhood diarrhea: results from a clinical trial in Nepal. J Altern Complement Med . 2000;6:131–139.

Jacobs J, Jimenez LM, Gloyd SS, et al. Homeopathic treatment of acute childhood diarrhea: a randomized clinical trial in Nicaragua. Br Homeopath J . 1993;82:83–86.

Jacobs J, Guthrie BL, Montes GA et al. Homeopathic combination remedy in the treatment of acute childhood diarrhea in honduras. J Altern Complement Med . 2006;12:723-32.


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