Indian Journal of Research in Homeopathy

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 200--210

Optimising the use of polar symptoms in Homoeopathy: Introduction to a pilot study of prognostic factor research in chronic cough


Harleen Kaur1, Chetna Deep Lamba2, Jyoti Sachdeva1, Lex Rutten3, Anil Khurana1, Praveen Oberai1, Raj Kumar Manchanda1, Sonia Raizada4, Sujata Chaudhury5, Vinitha Edavattath Ramanan6, Vaishali Shinde7, Chittaranjan Kundu8, Partha Pratim Pal8, Rompicherla Gr Kiranmayee9, Amulya Ratna Sahoo10, Bodankar Rajeshekhar11, Ratan Chandra Shil12, Nidhi Mahajan13 
1 Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
2 Homoeopathic Treatment Centre, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
3 Independent Researcher, Breda, The Netherlands
4 Dr. D. P. Rastogi Central Research Institute Homoeopathy, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Regional Research Institute Homoeopathy, Puri, Odisha, India
6 National Homoeopathy Research Institute in Mental Health, Kottayam, Kerala, India
7 Regional Research Institute Homoeopathy, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
8 Dr. Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute Homoeopathy, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
9 Drug Standardization UnitHomoeopathy, Hyderabad, India
10 Drug proving Unit, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
11 Regional Research Institute Homoeopathy, Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, India
12 Regional Research Institute Homoeopathy, Agartala, Tripura, India
13 Central Research Institute Homoeopathy, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Harleen Kaur
Research Officer (Homoeopathy) CCRH, 61-65 Institutional Area, D-Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi - 110 058
India

Background: Polar symptoms represent the most challenging rubrics in the homoeopathic repertories, despite their frequent use. Objective: The study objective was to assess the relationship between 27 polar cough symptoms, 3 non-polar cough symptoms and 30 general polar symptoms and successful response to specific homoeopathic medicines. Materials and Methods: A multi-centre, explorative, prospective, observational study was conducted at ten centres under the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy. Two hundred and sixteen patients were enrolled with chronic cough, lasting >8 weeks. The patients were enrolled as per four underlying diagnoses of chronic upper airway cough syndrome (CUACS), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), asthma and related syndromes, and non-asthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis (NAEB). 30 general polar symptoms, 27 polar cough symptoms and 3 non-polar cough symptoms were assessed at the baseline. During enrollment and follow-up consultations, two validated questionnaires (Leicester Cough Questionnaire chronic and EuroQuol (EQ)-5D-5L) were filled for assessing the effect of treatment. If the Physician Assessment Score was >2, the causal relationship between improvement and prescribed medicine was further assessed using Modified Naranjo Algorithm. Results: At the fourth follow-up, three medicines with >10 cases having good result were identified: Phosphorus (n = 20), Pulsatilla (n = 19) and Sulphur (n = 13). For this introductory article, we compare some results with the existing data, reflect on discrepancies between the existing data and research outcome and reflect on future use, especially in respiratory tract infections (RTIs). Conclusion: In improving the homoeopathic method and its practical use, priority should be given to polar symptoms, especially related to RTIs.


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Kaur H, Lamba CD, Sachdeva J, Rutten L, Khurana A, Oberai P, Manchanda RK, Raizada S, Chaudhury S, Ramanan VE, Shinde V, Kundu C, Pal PP, Kiranmayee RG, Sahoo AR, Rajeshekhar B, Shil RC, Mahajan N. Optimising the use of polar symptoms in Homoeopathy: Introduction to a pilot study of prognostic factor research in chronic cough.Indian J Res Homoeopathy 2020;14:200-210


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Kaur H, Lamba CD, Sachdeva J, Rutten L, Khurana A, Oberai P, Manchanda RK, Raizada S, Chaudhury S, Ramanan VE, Shinde V, Kundu C, Pal PP, Kiranmayee RG, Sahoo AR, Rajeshekhar B, Shil RC, Mahajan N. Optimising the use of polar symptoms in Homoeopathy: Introduction to a pilot study of prognostic factor research in chronic cough. Indian J Res Homoeopathy [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Nov 25 ];14:200-210
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