Aching or pain in the ear is called
otalgia (see also detailed disease information for earache). Ear
pain is usually caused by an infection of the ear area, including
outer ear infections, mastoiditis, or middle ear infections. However,
pain in the ear can also arise from infections or conditions in
nearby regions that affect the ear nerves. This is called "referred
pain" and may arise from dental conditions, jaw disorders,
or afflictions of the upper digestive tract and throat area.
Otitis media (Latin for "Inflammation of
the Middle Ear") is inflammation of the middle ear, or middle
Otitis media occurs in the area between the tympanic membrane (the
end of the outer ear) and the inner ear, including a duct known
as the eustachian tube. It is one of the two categories of ear inflammation
that can underlie what is commonly called an earache,
the other being otitis externa.
Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for Ear Diseases
The remedy is acute otitis, with digging, boring, tearing pains
which come suddenly and are most violent; the membrana tympani is
covered with injected bloodvessels. It is the remedy in earache
where the symptoms are too violent for Pulsatilla. The pains come
and go suddenly. All the symptoms are worse at night and are relieved
Bayes recommends Aconite IX in the maddening pains of otitis, claiming
it to be far superior to Chamomilla or Pulsatilla. There is dark
redness of the parts, stinging, lancinating or throbbing pains and
great sensitiveness. It suits earache from sudden change of temperature;
it is worse at night and is aggravated by warmth. Its influence
is restricted to a brief period immediately following exposure.
In this respect Copeland says: "It differs from Ferrum phosphoricum,
which has a much longer period of usefulness."
A great ear remedy. It exerts a specific curative power in otitis
externa; the ear is hot, red and swollen, and there are very severe
darting, tearing, pulsating pains in it which are worse at night.
It, too, occupies the highest place for acute inflammation of the
middle ear. It is indicated also by profuse thick, yellowish green
discharge from the ear, deafness and a feeling as if the ears were
stopped up, or as if something were being forced out; there are
also roaring noises synchronous with the pulse. It suits especially
subacute cases. Itching deep in the ear. Plantago. Earache associated
with toothache; also, excellent locally. Pain goes through head
from one ear to the other. Tellurium. A most excellent remedy in
otitis media with thin, acrid, offensive discharge, very profuse
and long-lasting; canal sensitive to touch. Hydrastis is a remedy
not to be overlooked in catarrhal inflammation of the middle ear
with accompanying nasopharyngeal catarrh, tinnitus aurium and thick
tenacious discharges. Kali sulphuricum. Useful in typical Pulsatilla
cases with orange yellow discharges.
#Ferrum Phosphoricum. [Kali-p]
This remedy is a most useful one in ear affections, suiting congestive
and inflammatory stages of most troubles, more especially in anaemic
subjects. It is a reliable remedy in acute earache; it has tinnitus
like Pulsatilla, but no special deafness, and like Borax it has
sensitiveness to sound. The pain is throbbing or sharp stitching
and occurs in paroxysms. The following is Dr. Wanstall's practical
1. A tendency of the inflammatory process to be diffused instead
of circumscribed. 2. Dark beefy redness of the parts. 3. A muco-purulent
discharge with tendency to haemorrhage. 4. The establishment of
the discharge does not relieve the pain. 5. The pain is in paroxysms.
Copeland asserts that for earache after exposure to wet there is
no better remedy. Kali muriaticum is one of the most useful remedies
in tubal catarrh and catarrhal conditions of the middle ear, it
seems to clear the Eustachian tube, which is closed in these cases,
causing deafness, subjective sounds and retracted membrane tympani.
It is useful in chronic suppurative conditions reducing the proliferation,
checking the granulation and hastening repair. Slowly progressing
deafness will often yield to the remedy. It is also a remedy for
obstinate eczemas about the auricle, especially if accompanied with
the gastric disturbances of the remedy. "The most valuable
single remedy for the deafness following purulent or catarrhal otitis
media."--Moffat. Magnesia phosphorica has a purely nervous
otalgia, worse in cold air and relieved by warmth. Bellows gives
it first place in nervous earache. Kali phosphoricum may also be
a remedy in chronic suppurations of the middle ear, with offensive
dirty pus,brownish and watery.
Almost specific in infantile earache; the pains are violent, worse
from warmth, the cheeks are red, the patient is restless, fretful
and there is great hyperaesthesia and much suffering. Patient worse
at night and from slightest cold. Borax. Child starts up nervously
with the pain; muco-purulent otorrhoea. Dulcamara. Earache returning
with every change of weather, worse at night. Relieved by application
of dry heat. Sanguinaria. Climacteric earache.
corresponds to otitis media, with rupture of the membrane tympani,
and great soreness of the mastoid portion of the temporal bone.
It suits also chronic suppurations of the ear with bursting headache
and chilliness; the ears are hot, and the pain to the throat, the
drum is perforated and there is a yellow purulent discharge. It
is to be differentiated from Hepar in that the area of sensitiveness
is greater than with Hepar,and it lacks the nocturnal aggravation
of Mercurius. Dr. Weaver, of Philadelphia, states that he has seen
cases where every indication would point to mastoid operation relieved
by Capsicum, and cautions against using it too low. He uses the
6X dilution. Sub-acute inflammation of the Eustachian tube with
great pain and a sense of dryness and heat in the throat indicate
Capsicum. Calcarea carbonica corresponds to chronic ear troubles
in scrofulous children. There is itching of the membrana tympani,
defective hearing, humming and roaring in the ears, purulent otorrhoeas
with perforation of the drum, polypi, etc. Deafness from working
in water. Nitric acid may prove useful in mastoid abscesses and
syphilitic ear troubles. Kali bichromicum. Inflammation of middle
ear; ulceration of membrane tympani with tenacious, stringy and
purulent discharges; pains sharp stitching in character. Also a
valuable remedy in the later stages, when, on account of pharyngeal
involvement, the Eustachian tube is hard to inflate. Aurum has a
congestive roaring in ears, sensitiveness to noise, foetid otorrhoea,
boring pains in mastoid, caries and perforation of drum. Baryta
carbonica is to be thought of in deafness associated with swelling
of the tonsils. Also in noises in the ears from arterio-sclerotic
conditions. Phosphorus. Deafness to the human voice, common in the
aged or where the patient is constantly blowing small quantities
of blood from the nose.
Very valuable in suppurative middle ear diseases, with swelling
of parotid glands and offensive breath. It suits especially scrofulous
and syphilitic ear conditions. It is especially valuable in proliferous
middle ear diseases, hardness of hearing due to swollen tonsils.
The discharges are thin and acrid, the ears, teeth and face ache,
symptoms worse at night, and characteristic is a feeling of stoppage
and of internal soreness as if raw, and also roaring in ears. Mercurius
dulcis. Chronic inflammation of the middle ear, with deep toned
roaring. The membrane tympani is thickened, retracted and immovable
by inflation. It suits especially Eustachian catarrhal deafness.
Graphites has catarrh of Eustachian tube and hardness of hearing,
which is better riding in a carriage. Gluey discharge will indicate
as well as eczematous manifestations. Carbo vegetabilis. Otorrhoea
following exanthematous diseases; ears dry. Carbo animalis. Cannot
tell whence sound comes. Iodine cured for Dr. Hughes a case of catarrhal
Very valuable in suppurative middle ear troubles, especially in
cases complicated with caries or necrosis of the bones and attended
with a thin, ichorous and offensive discharge containing little
pieces of bone. Perforations of the membrane tympani heal rapidly
under Silicea. A peculiar symptom leading to the remedy is an itching
and tingling in the locality of the Eustachian tube. There are also
shooting pains through the ear and profuse perspiration, sudden
snuffing, cracking sound in the ear like the explosion of a percussion
cap. It promotes repair of the drum head. It is most frequently
indicated in persistent chronic otorrhoea with oversensitiveness
to sounds. Dr. Moffat advises changing to Lapis albus after use
of Silicea for too long a time.
#Hepar sulphur. [Hep]
Also valuable in suppurative otitis media, and is useful in earache
when suppuration impends. There is great soreness and sensitiveness
to the slightest touch, acute exacerbations of the trouble with
increased discharge, which is thick, creamy and somewhat offensive.
Patients requiring Hepar are irritable and sensitive to the slightest
draft of air. Lachesis. Roaring and singing in the ears, relieved
by putting finger in ear and shaking it, therefore catarrhal. Crotalus.
Stuffed feeling in ear and a sensation as if wax were trickling
out. Conium. Increased quantity of dark wax. Hepar suits especially
otorrhoeas dating from scarlatina.
This remedy is useful in roaring and buzzing in the ears, words
and sounds re-echo unpleasantly. It suits a catarrh of the Eustachian
tube. Chenopodium has deafness to low tones, while the higher ones
are heard distinctly. Its special field of action is in affections
of the auditory nerves. Sanguinaria has humming and roaring in the
ears, and painful sensitiveness to sounds. Salicylic acid. Meniere's
disease and simple deafness with tinnitus. Arnica has proved of
benefit in Meniere's disease. Pain in the cartilages of the ears,
as if bruised, is another indication. Bryonia is highly spoken of
by Dr.Dudley Wright, of London, in Meniere's disease, as suiting
those cases where the vertigo comes on from any sudden motion,as
on rising from a seat.
is useful for a most offensive discharge from the ears and syringing
does no good, the ears are red, raw, and the discharge excoriates.
Psorinum is even better than Sulphur in case of offensive discharges
from the ears; there is with this remedy a general unhealthy condition
of the patient, pustules appear on the face, around the nose, mouth
and ears, the blood is impure and the system run down. It is a remedy
not to be despised in ear affections, and is especially to be considered
in cases of chronic otitis media, probably of psoric origin,in which
other remedies and methods of treatment have been tried unsuccessfully.