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Article
July 2001

Efficacy of Naturopathic Extracts in the Management of Ear Pain Associated With Acute Otitis Media

Author Affiliations

From the Pediatric and Adolescent Ambulatory Community Clinic of General Health Services (Drs Sarrell and Cohen) and the Department of Family Medicine (Drs Sarrell, Mandelberg, and Cohen), Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel; and the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Pediatrics, Edith Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel (Dr Mandelberg).

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(7):796-799. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.7.796
Abstract

Objective  To determine the efficacy and tolerance of Otikon Otic Solution (Healthy-On Ltd, Petach-Tikva, Israel), a naturopathic herbal extract (containing Allium sativum, Verbascum thapsus, Calendula flores, and Hypericum perforatum in olive oil), compared with Anaesthetic (Vitamed Pharmaceutical Ltd, Benyamina, Israel) ear drops (containing ametocaine and phenazone in glycerin) in the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media (AOM).

Design  Children between the ages of 6 and 18 years who experienced ear pain (otalgia) and who were diagnosed with eardrum problems associated with AOM were randomly assigned to be treated with Otikon or Anaesthetic ear drops, which were instilled into the external canal(s) of the affected ear(s). Ear pain was assessed using 2 visual analog scales: a linear scale and a color scale. Pain assessment took place throughout the course of 3 days. The mean score of pain reduction was used to measure outcome.

Setting  Primary pediatric community ambulatory centers.

Participants  One hundred three children aged 6 to 18 years who were diagnosed with otalgia associated with AOM.

Results  Each of the 2 treatment groups were comparable on the basis of age, sex, laterality of AOM, and the effectiveness of ameliorating symptoms of otalgia. The 2 groups were also comparable to each other in the initial ear pain score and in the scores at each application of Otikon or Anaesthetic drops. There was a statistically significant improvement in ear pain score throughout the course of the study period (P = .007).

Conclusions  Otikon, an ear drop formulation of naturopathic origin, is as effective as Anaesthetic ear drops and was proven appropriate for the management of AOM-associated ear pain.

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