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  • Studies Show Homeopathics for Ear Infection Superior to Antibiotics

    Most children, at some point, develop an earache that's often caused by an infection in the ear canal. Concerned parents then call the child’s pediatrician, and if the doctor does find the child has an ear infection, they'll usually prescribe an antibiotic medicine. You may, instead, want to try homeopathic remedies for ear infections.

    But parents should take note: A 2010 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicated that homeopathic remedies for ear infections, such as those found at Pharmaca, really help.  Homeopathic treatments for ear infection are safe, effective and produce no side effects, making this approach to healing an appealing solution for worried parents.

    An earlier study, published in 1997 in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, divided 131 children into two groups, receiving either homeopathic treatment or antibiotic treatment. The study showed that the children receiving homeopathic treatment recovered an average of one day faster than the children who received antibiotics. In yet another study in 2001, the British Homeopathic Journal compared homeopathic treatment for ear infection to placebo treatment in 230 kids with acute ear infection. Again, the children in the homeopathic group recovered more quickly—after only 12 hours, 72 percent of them recovered 2.4 times faster than the children receiving the placebo.

    Homeopathic Treatments for Ear Infection

    The research shows that homeopathic remedies can be hugely successful in treating ear infections in children, so before you get any prescriptions filled, you may want to consider these safer, effective options:

    • Homeopathic ear drops— Comprised of many different natural ingredients that are used to safely and effectively relieve the pain often associated with an ear infection.
    • Homeopathic earache tablets—Taken orally to relieve pain quickly and safely with no side effects.
    • Belladonna—Derived from the plant of the same name. This remedy is used to treat a variety of ailments and is indicated for earaches causing severe pain, ear redness and fever.
    • Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum—A mixture of finely powdered oyster shells and pure flowers that is indicated for severe earaches accompanied by a thick, colored discharge from the nose or ears.
    • Pulsatilla—A combination of more than 30 species of herbaceous perennials that is helpful for earaches accompanied by a yellow or green discharge from the ears or nose.

    As with all homeopathic remedies, please consult your doctor before administering them to children. And as always, you can always speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about dosing and administration questions.

  • "Natural" vs. "Organic" vs. "Homeopathic" Health and Beauty Products

    You will often see the words "natural" and "organic" used on a variety of health and beauty products, and some people believe these words are interchangeable. Here's how they're different.


    Let's first explain what "homeopathic" means when it comes to medicine or products. Simply put, homeopathic remedies come from natural substances such as minerals, botanical substances or other sources that are not man-made. The goal of homeopathy is to put the body back into homeostasis (its naturally balanced state) without using harsh chemicals or man-made drugs.


    Homeopathic medicines and remedies stimulate the body's own healing mechanisms. Practicing homeopaths believe that all physical disease has an emotional component, and take the whole being into account--a holistic approach to healing that has gained popularity in recent years.


    Health and beauty products like those in the Dr. Hauschka line are created on the homeopathic principle of "like cures like." This philosophy takes a wide range of natural substances and notes the symptoms they bring about in healthy people. Matching these substances to the individual and the symptoms they are experiencing encourages their own healing energy to return them to good health.


    Now let's discuss "natural" and "organic." While these words are often used synonymously, there are significant differences between organic products and natural products. If a product has "natural" on the label, it was produced by nature but is not necessarily "organic." Natural beauty products may contain ingredients that are not 100% organic, and there are no regulations regarding use of the word "natural" as there are with the word "organic." Natural products can contain chemicals, while organic products cannot. Organic strictly refers to product ingredients grown without pesticides, chemicals or artificial fertilizers.


    An organic product must have between 95-100% chemical-free ingredients, while a natural product usually is 50-70% chemical free. A label that reads "certified organic" means 95% of ingredients are organic while "made with organic ingredients" means at least 70% of ingredients are organic. (Read more about organic certifications from our friends at Juice Beauty.) If you have questions regarding natural products vs. organic products, a Pharmaca representative will be happy to help you find exactly what you're looking for.


    Pharmaca carries a full line of homeopathic remedies and natural and organic personal care products. From dental care to hair removal, Pharmaca has the natural and organic products you need to maintain optimal health and wellbeing.

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