Chronic sinusitis is a common condition in which the cavities around nasal passages (sinuses) become inflamed and swollen. Also known as chronic rhinosinusitis, this condition interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up. If you have chronic sinusitis, it may be difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes and face may feel swollen, and you may have throbbing facial pain or a headache.

Dr. C Nayak and his team of homeopathic researchers at Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), New Delhi, India, conducted a prospective multi-centric observational study at Institutes and Units of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, to ascertain the therapeutic usefulness of homeopathic medicine in the management of chronic sinusitis (CS).

Symptoms were assessed using the chronic sinusitis assessment score (CSAS). 17 pre-defined homeopathic medicines were shortlisted for prescription on the basis of repertorisation for the pathological symptoms of CS. Regimes and adjustment of regimes in the event of a change of symptoms were pre-defined.

The follow-up period was for 6 months.

Statistical analysis was done using SPSS version 16.

628 patients suffering from chronic sinusitis confirmed on X-ray were enrolled from eight Institutes and Units of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy.

All 550 patients with at least one follow-up assessment were analyzed.

There was a statistically significant reduction in CSAS (P = 0.0001, Friedman test) after 3 and 6 months of treatment. Radiological appearances also improved.

A total of 13 out of 17 pre-defined medicines were prescribed in 550 patients,
Sil. (55.2% of 210),
Calc. (62.5% of 98),
Lyc. (69% of 55),
Phos. (66.7% of 45) and
Kali iod. (65% of 40) were found to be most useful having marked improvement.

4/17 medicines were never prescribed.

No complications were observed during treatment.

Researchers concluded that homeopathic treatment and homeopathic remedies were found effective for chronic sinusitis (CS) patients. Controlled trials are required for further validation.

Other homeopathic researchers with Nayak C: Singh V, Singh VP, Oberai P, Roja V, Shitanshu SS, Sinha MN, Deewan D, Lakhera BC, Ramteke S, Kaushik S, Sarkar S, Mandal NR, Mohanan PG, Singh JR, Biswas S, Mathew G.

The study is published in Homeopathy. 2012 Apr;101(2):84-91.