How long will it take to feel normal?

To answer this question, a homeopath will always ask three questions:how many times did you have this earache, did you use medication and how long have you had

  • How many times did you have this earache?
  • Did you use medication?
  • And how long have you had the current earache?

Medication effect

If you did not medicate for your earache, homeopathy works quickly.  When ear infections reoccur before homeopathy treatment, usually strong antibiotics have been used to treat them. This forces an earache to become chronic. That is, without solving the problem, the body was forced to ignore the inflammation and it will take more time to help the body to heal itself. Medicated otitis media are like skin problems that are suppressed by ointments. These antibiotics, steroids etc. force the problems deeper into the body and sometimes the mental-emotional state is also affected. That is, they encourage the development of other more serious problems.

Duration of the problem

If the problem has been festering for 2-3 months, typically treatment will take several weeks to experience the action of the remedy. Even if the pain in the ear feels like a severe emergency, homeopaths will treat it as a chronic problem and normally it has been medicated. For chronic conditions, the general condition of the patient is investigated to find the curative remedy. Treatment is more rapid after pharmaceutical medications have been discontinued but, slower treatment is possible while using pharmaceuticals.

If a patient has a history of recurrent otitis media, normally he is treated by doctors with antibiotics. Because the symptoms of otitis media have been suppressed by medication, typically these patients will have other problems that on the surface that have no relationship with ear infections. Discharges from any body part and eruptions from the skin are typical examples. These case histories are difficult to describe only because they are complicated by several unrelated problems.

Acute earache case:

In contrast to the above chronic cases, acute cases are not a re-occurence of the same problem. The following is a typical pure acute case that responded rapidly to the correct remedy. The interesting part of the case is the patient’s mom had studied homeopathy.

Typical earache symptoms

This description is shortened and the curative remedy was Chamomile. When the mother was describing the symptoms on the phone, neither she nor I knew the curative remedy. So her description was much longer.

Short description of earache symptoms

This 4-year-old boy’s ear ache caused him to cry out in angry shrieking.

THE NIGHT BEFORE:  After being put to bed early because of fever, he woke up at 9 pm screaming with pain with his head thrown back and his back arched. To soothe him, the father carried him on his shoulder.

IN THE MORNING, his parents took him to an ear nose and throat specialist and received the usual automatic prescription of antibiotics. It was late spring, so the temperature was comfortable, but the car windows had to be closed because the cool breeze irritated the boy’s pain. Although he was 4 years old, he still demanded to be carried to the car. Antibiotics did nothing to relieve his pain. The mother had studied homeopathy and knew that homeopathy works in minutes. She was not anxious to continue with the antibiotics, so against her husband’s will, she was on her cell phone calling me as her husband drove home.

Parental conflict

Her husband was irritated because he had not slept well. He had insisted that antibiotics from the doctor were needed and when his wife refused to believe that they would eventually work, he was not happy. While the mother was talking, I was typing symptoms into my computer to calculate possible remedies. A number of remedies appeared so I was looking for a way to differentiate between similar remedies.

Choosing a remedy

The child was chilly, angry, sensitive to pain, wanted to be carried and could not be comforted. If you know homeopathy without a computer, you know the few top remedies for that description.

The logic of a homeopath’s mind

After hearing that they boy’s hair was soaked through with sweat, I decided that the remedy had to be Chamomilla. Making the choice of Chamomilla, several remedies passed through my mind.

A lawyer’s case preparation 

Even if I knew the remedy was Chamomile, like a lawyer building case to take to court, I needed a convincing argument. I realize that the following description sounds like a foreign language to the layperson, but I would like you to understand that homeopathy is very logical. So, I thought, Hepar sulphuricum is not as likely to have a sweaty head, but the sweaty head was not enough to make a decision. The head drawn back with pain is a strong vote for Chamomilla. Hepar sulphuricum also wakes up shrieking and is sensitive to cold drafts, and does not want to be touched by the doctor either because he is so sensitive to pain. So, those are not symptoms to make a differential. But, Hepar sulphuricum case would be more recurrent. That is, Hepar sulphur is more chronic than Chamomilla. It is a remedy for deeper problems.  Remember, this was the boy’s first earache. Pulsatilla is a remedy that often has otitis media, but a Pulsatilla child would be sweetly or even unpleasantly whimpering in his mother’s arms. He would not be shrieking. The decision was easy, still, an argument is important.

Home remedy kit used

The mother had brought her homeopathy medicine box with her to the doctor’s office. While talking to me, she gave her son a pellet of Chamomilla and within minutes the wailing stopped and the child fell asleep as they were driving home. The ear pain completely subsided that evening and did not return. The boy was given no more antibiotics.

Chronic treatment with medications

Obviously, timely treatment of acute inflammation saves the whole family from much suffering. Unfortunately, people typically learn about homeopathy long after the damage is done. The good news is chronic afflictions can be treated even while the typical medications are used to control deep seated pain and suffering. We do not live in an ideal world and homeopathy is developed to deal with that real-life condition. Otitis media is the most common childhood entry to medication dependent diseases.

Personal conflict common to homeopathic case treatment

The mother had described her husband’s belief that all good medicine must come from a doctor’s office. He was a business man from all his life experience, homeopathy did not fit his world view. The mother had studied homeopathy, yoga and other modalities that conflicted with her husband’s world view. Clearly, world view and medical choice are connected. From my perspective as a mom, when you are talking about the suffering of your loved ones, results speak with the greatest finality. Nevertheless, the conversations occurring in this family and throughout our society are not necessarily settled by results.


Meet the Author

Ellen Madono

Ellen Madono is a homeopath working in Tokyo. Currently, her work in homeopathy focuses on healing.
She was born in Minneapolis Minnesota and went to West High school. At Oberlin College, she majored in Asian History. Her Ph.d. is from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a special interest in Asian Culture, language and Japanese apprenticeship. Skills in phenomenological cultural analysis have easily transferred to homeopathic case analysis. She keeps up her health through Meditation, Yushiki Breathing Practices, Classical Homeopathy, Accutonics, Akido and Parasara Yoga.

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