6 Best Homeopathic Medicines for ASTHMA Treatment
Asthma is one of the most common health problems affecting around 2 crores of people in India and around 33 crores in whole world level. The death and disability from asthma is seen more in children from the age group 2-14. In asthma the bronchial tubes or air ways get affected. There is a cascade of bio reaction that occurs in the air tubes or respiratory tract of an asthma affected person. The lungs play the major role for gas exchange in our body. Each and every cell of our body gets their oxygen to stay alive. The air goes through the nasal passage and air tubes and reaches at lungs where it absorbs to the blood and finally goes to every cell. When you breath sending oxygen to your whole body and releasing carbon dioxide from the body. The whole function of air exchange is carried out by the respiratory system. The respiratory system consists of different parts or segments those takes the active part in respiratory function. The respiratory function starts from the nose or nostrils and end at lungs.
Structure of respiratory tract:
The respiratory system is divided into two components –
1) upper respiratory tract , 2) lower respiratory tract.
The upper respiratory tract composed of nose, pharynx, and the larynx. It is located outside the chest cavity. The nose or nasal cavity is the entrance of respiratory stem that lined with thin layer of mucous membrane that trap the dust particles and the minute hairs called cilia help moves them to the nose then to be sneezed out. Pharynx is the small hollow tube of 5 inches long run afterward the nasal cavity where both food and air goes through and move to larynx. The pharynx is part of both digestive and respiratory system. It is divided into 3 parts – the naso pharynx, oropharynx and laryngopharynx. The larynx is commonly called as vocal cord because sound is generated there. The most important function of larynx is to prevent any foreign object to get inside the lungs. The lower respiratory tract is composed of trachea, bronchial tubes and lungs. It is located inside the chest cavity. Trachea is also called wind pipe, a 4 inch long hollow tube that connects from larynx to bronchi of lungs. At its end it divides into two smaller tubes called bronchus, one bronchus to each lung. The left bronchus supply to left lungs and right bronchus supply to right lungs. Each bronchus then divided into number of small tubes called bronchioles. The bronchioles ends with a sac like structure called alveolus. The alveolus is the basic structure for gas exchange. The hollow space (lumen) of the bronchus is lined by a thin layer called epithelial layer (mucous membrane). Below the epithelial layer there is a smooth muscles layer arranged in two ribbons like structure of muscles that spirals around the air tubes. The smooth muscles is surrounded by a cartilages layers in main bronchus portion. As the bronchus divided into bronchioles the cartilage amount decreases gradually. The smooth muscles layer contains seromucus gland which secrets mucus in mucous lining.
What is Asthma?
In asthma the bronchial tubes are inflamed that causes narrowing of the airways. When the airways or bronchial tubes are narrowed it prevents the free flow of air in the bronchial tubes. The smooth muscles layers surrounding the bronchial tubes are tightened and compress the small bronchioles which causes narrowing of air passages. The narrowing of air passages obstructs the smooth air flow by which the person feels of tightness in chest, shortness of breath and difficulties in breathing. Here one thing need to be discussed why some peoples are getting asthmatic attack but not all. It is because the bronchial tubes of an asthmatic person is overly sensitive to many substances ; when exposed to those substances, the bronchial tubes get narrows and create problem for free flow of air in it. It is because some people are very sensitive to some substances and when get expose to them start reacting adversely and the mucous membrane of the inner layer of bronchial tube get inflamed and initiate the asthmatic condition.
Our immune system is being exposed by various types of foreign substances like bacteria, viruses, different foreign proteins, which always try to get inside our body in each and every moment. But our immune system recognizes them and fight them to throws them out from our body. But in an asthmatic person the immune system is hypersensitive to those substances, which when comes across them starts reacting abnormally. But in a healthy person it is not happen. In other words the immune system of an asthmatic person reacts adversely to those substances whereas the same immune system of a healthy person doesn’t react to them.
Those foreign substances like bacteria, viruses, chemicals, pollutants, dusts, pollens, some food proteins which are called as antigen or allergens. Those antigens or allergens when get inside the body our immune system recognizes them and eliminates them out. Our immune cells like T cells (T lymphocyte) and B cells (B lymphocytes) play the major role to perform this task. A person with hypersensitive immune system when being exposed to those allergens or antigens develops inflammatory reaction in the air passages and develops asthma symptoms.
Sign and symptoms of asthma
Symptoms of asthma
Coughing – in a healthy person coughing is a protecting step of the respiratory system not to allow entry of any outside substances into the lungs by clearing it out from the air passages. In asthmatic condition the air ways are swollen that the body thinks of any outer substance stick on it so try to expel out and produce cough. The more he coughs the more bronchial spasm occurs and the discomfort is felt more.
Wheezing or whistling sound – the wheezing sound or whistling sound is produced when the air ways is narrowed due to swelling of inner mucosal lining in addition to secretion of mucus in it and in that narrow tube when the air is passed it creates a whistling or wheezing sound.
Chest tightness – chest tightness frequently occur in asthmatic condition. In asthmatic condition as the inner mucous layer of the bronchus get inflamed due to allergens that causes tightness feeling in chest. Besides that the tightening of smooth muscles around the airways also causes tightness of chest.
Shortness of breath - the shortness of breath means difficulties in full breathing. The shortness of breath is the common and major symptom of asthma. The patient may express of breathless or suffocation or gasping for breathes to describe the shortness of breath. The shortness of breath occurs due to airways inflammation and restriction of space for free flow of air during respiration.
Trouble in sleeping – the asthma is generally worsen during night time it is because in night time the air ways remain cool and cant be warm of that’s why during night it get worse. Another cause is the lying posture itself does not make the lungs to breath comfortably. Another cause is at night the allergens exposure are more so asthmatic peoples face difficulties in sleep at night time.
Sign of asthma
- Rapid breathing with chest retraction
- Rapid movement of nostrils
- Increased heart beats
- Chest and stomach moving in and out deeply and rapidly.
- There is cyanosis in case of acute asthmatic condition
What are the triggers factors for asthma?
Foreign proteins or antigens– Numerous foreign substances are present in the atmospheres which are called allergens or antigens. Those allergens when enter inside the body of a person having asthmatic susceptibility creates allergic inflammatory reaction in the bronchial passages that causes constriction of bronchial tubes and results asthma. Asthma is a common health problem in these days not only in urban areas but also in rural areas too. The allergens or antigens though are harmless for a healthy person but harmful for asthmatic person. The air allergens like pollens, dust mites, pet dander, molds create allergic reaction in those people whose immune system is hypersensitive to those allergens. Similarly some proteins found in various food stuffs like pea nut , egg , milk , crab , wheat that also triggers the asthmatic condition in many person.
Infection –Some viral infection like flu, influenza leads to bronchial asthma in some hypersensitive individual. After getting attack with flu that sometimes lead to asthmatic condition afterwards. It occurs in those people who are very sensitive to cold. Similarly taking of cold drinks or ice-cream in cold weather sometimes triggers asthmatic problems in some sensitized individual. Some persons who regularly do work in a closed air conditioned room sometimes develop asthmatic condition in a long term period. People works in air condition room developed asthma generally due to temperature variation inside and outside office.
Season change – when season change occur some individual get asthmatic attack. Here the season is not responsible for asthma trigger but in that season many flower pollens are floated in the air and the persons who are allergic to those pollens get the asthmatic attack. In spring season generally the allergic symptoms like sneezing, stuffy nose, nasal discharge are more found not only in asthmatic susceptible person but even non asthmatic person too. Cold weather and thunder storm also provokes the asthmatic attack in many people. It is generally occurring in those people who have exercise induced asthmatic problem. So in cold weather when an asthmatic sensitized person practice the exercise the breathing is too rapid it can’t get time to warm up inside body and that ignites asthmatic symptoms.
Place change – The climacteric condition also impact upon asthmatic patient. The change of climate, humid atmosphere, and cloudy weather can irritate the airways. When the temperature changes in the airways it initiates the inflammatory condition in the mucosal lining of bronchus that causes mucosal thickening and narrowing of air tubes and the asthma symptoms appear. Similarly the peoples who are living in urbam areas are more prone to asthmatic condition than village area because of more exposure to pollution , chemicals, smokes in urban areas than village areas.
Occupational asthma- occupational asthma or industrial asthma is termed as work-related asthma caused by working in industries whose toxic by-product develop the asthmatic condition in a healthy person. There are many industries like petroleum or chemical industries, plastic industries, paint industries who uses various toxic chemical as their raw material and the fumes or gas emerges out from there irritates the respiratory tubes and causes the inflammation of the airways and result of asthmatic symptoms. There are many harmful gases sulphur dioxide, ammonia, hydrochloric acid which is generally found in petroleum or chemical industries. The workers of paint industry, plastic industry exposes to various chemicals that triggers asthmatic condition. Peoples who are working in stone cutting industries also get asthmatic problem.
Emotional factors – the emotional or psychological factors also induce asthmatic problem in many individual. The stress and anxiety condition sometimes provokes the asthmatic condition. It does not create asthma in a non asthmatic person, but those who have the past history of allergic tendency or asthmatic back ground creates asthma when being in a stressful situation. There are some major stressful conditions like financial breakdown, relationship disturbances, lack of social support, pressure packed schedule can ignites the asthmatic condition. Actually in stressful condition your body releases some chemicals like histamines and leukotrienes, which triggers for narrowing of the airway. Another factor is the stress related hormones reduce the body’s ability to fight cold, so the person easily gets the asthma problem. To cope this condition it is required to take medication before attempting to any such situation. There are other ways too to reduce the stress level like daily practice of physical exercise, breathing exercise, pranayam, relaxing exercise, listening your favorite music, going for a good sleep etc.
Hormonal variation and asthma – hormonal variation that initiates asthma generally occur in female case. The female hormone estrogen is responsible for developing asthmatic condition. The decrease of estrogen level does not responsible for initiation of asthma but the fluctuation of estrogen level causes the asthma. The fluctuation of estrogen hormone activates some proteins like things that cause inflammation of respiratory tubes. Before menstrual cycle the estrogen level is very minimal so some women get asthmatic problem during that period. Similarly during pregnancy also some experience the asthmatic symptoms because of that reason. During menopause period the estrogen level reduces drastically and some women who have the allergic body constitution typed develop asthmatic condition.
Eczema and asthma – eczema is one type of skin diseases that manifests with the symptoms of itching skin with red patchy spots and sometimes oozes fluids after itching. The relationship between eczema and asthma is still under the research. But some hypothesis tells that in eczematic person’s skin is lack of proper skin barrier so that the allergens get inside the body and starts irritating the bronchial airways. There is another study that show that the person with eczema have some genetically lacking one protein in skin that suppose to be used for maintaining barrier property of skin from the external invaders. So person of eczematic history are prone to get the allergic or asthma problem.
GERD and asthma– the GERD otherwise called as gastro esophageal reflux disorder or acid reflux. In GERD the stomach acid content go upward into the esophagus and causes irritation. Actually the stomach acid content cant enter inside the esophagus due to the presence of lower esophageal sphincter that act like a tight rings which prevents the upward flow of stomach content. Some people who have a loose esophageal sphincter like in hiatus hernia cause the upward rush of acidic gastric content into esophagus. The GERD patients are more prone to get the asthmatic condition. It is because the acidic content of the stomach when get into the esophagus also irritates the respiratory airways that causes to develop asthmatic symptoms because of inflammation of airways lining. Another cause of GERD associated asthma is the gastric content stimulates the nerves in esophagus that constricts the airways so the person feels shortness of breath and tightness of chest.
- There is constant sneezing one after another even more than 30 to 40 times at a time generally occurs in morning time
- With the recurrent sneezing there is runny nose
- There is tickling and squirming sensation in nose, eyes, ears
- The eyes are red and watery
- Some person feels difficulty in breathing after this sneezing episode
- There are some whistling sound comes during taking breathing which is called wheezing sound
- There is cough sometimes associated with the breathing difficulties
- Shortness of breath
Pathophysiology of asthma:
The pathophysiology of asthma can be explaned as in 2 process – 1)bronchial inflammation, 2) broncho constriction
The bronchial inflammation – in everyday life we exposes thousands of foreign substances which are very minute in size and invisible to naked eyes. Those floats in airs and when we ingest them go inside our body and makes their way into the bronchial passage. The WBC or white blood corpuscles are one component of the complex immune system. There are 5 types of WBC neutrophile, eosinophile, basophile, Lymphocytes, monocytes. Among them the lymphocytes plays a major role in allergic reaction. The lymphocyte are divided into 2 types – the T lymphocytes or ‘T cells’ , the B lymphocytes or ‘B cells’. The T cells and B cells travel everywhere in our body passing through the blood vessels. Their role is to recognize a foreign particles present in the body and then to attack them. When they reach in bronchial airways the T lymphocytes check each and every cell to confirm it whether it is a safe cell or a foreign cell. When the T lymphocytes find a foreign cell then release some chemicals called cytokines. Those cytokines activate the B lymphocytes to convert plasma cell. The plasma cell produces one antibody, IgE anti body that moves and attach to the IgE receptor of mast cell present on the mast cell surface. The mast cells are the specialized cells distributed in various body parts of our body like over skin, inside the respiratory tract, inside the GI tract etc. Those mast cells contains some tiny protein granules called the histamines.
When an antigen or allergen get inside our body and reach in our air space it attached to the IgE antibody of mast cell. When the antigen and antibody unites the mast cell releases its histamines to the surrounding spaces. Those histamines have the pro inflammatory properties. So when they attach to the epithelial cells of bronchial tube with its H1 receptor that present on every cell surface the inflammation starts. So this causes the inflammation of bronchial airways. Due to the btronchial inflammation there is also mucus secretion around the areas.
Bronchial constriction – the bronchial inflammation causes the thickening of the mucous lining of the air tubes and in addition to that over secretion of mucus from the hyperactive mucus glands makes the bronchial spaces narrower and that causes bronchial constriction.
Besides that when there is an inflammation in the bronchial mucous lining the afferent nerves ending of the parasympathetic nerve fiber present in the bronchial airways sends some impulses to the vagus center of the brain stem and then down the vagal efferent pathway to again reach the bronchial small airways and secrets acetylcholine from the nerve ending that stimulate the smooth muscles fibers surrounding the bronchial tubes to be tighten more and more that result bronchial constriction and broncho spasm.
Homeopathy treatment for asthma –
The homeopathy treatment helps to treat the asthma in 2 ways – It controls the acute asthmatic condition by both oral medicines and homeopathy nebulizer (Dr Satapathy’s homeo nebulizer).The acute symptoms of asthma like coughing, chest tightness, wheezing sound, shortness of breath are immediately required to control as quick as possible so the person can breathe freely. There are many homeopathy medicines when selected as per the totality of symptoms of the person can able to control the acute asthma symptoms effectively and rapidly. The medicines for acute symptoms can be given repeatedly even 30 minutes to hour interval till the symptoms are not getting fully recovered. There is no specific medicine for any specific health issues in homeopathy. One medicine can be given in different health problem when the symptoms of the diseased person are fully matched homeopathically with the medicinal symptoms. For example a severe dry cough which worsen on lying posture with gagging or vomiting, suffocative sensation and more cough after drinking cold water can be given one homeopathy medicine ‘spongia’, another person with same dry severe cough but get relief after drinking little cold water will be given another medicine ‘cuprum met’. So here for the same health problem of cough there is two different medicines in which one get relief from tsaking cold water but another get worse, which is the key characteristic symptoms to select the specific homeopathy medicines. Similarly in all asthma symptoms that may be cough or wheezing sound or tightness of chest the medicines are not same for each individual symptom. The selection of medicines is totally depend upon the symptoms of the patient. But it is hundred percentages true that homeopathy has effective medicines for all acute symptoms. If the correct medicine with accurate potency is given it give immediate relieve to the disease. So besides the diagnosis of disease the diagnosis of medicine is highly essential to cure one disease in homeopathy. Unlike other therapist a homeopath has dual responsibility i.e. to diagnosis the disease and then to diagnosis the remedy. But at the same time the mother tincture form of homeopathy medicines have specific effect on a specific health problem like Justecea adathoda mother tincture is generally given for dry cough whatever the characterized symptom present. But the specific homeopathy remedy is generally given in raw form i.e. in mother tincture form or in very lower potency. The alkaloid or active principle of each and every homeopathy medicine has some key therapeutic property. In this regards homeopathic nebulizer developed by Dr.Satapathy do act in same principle and is given to all asthma patients as a common supplementary treatment to control the severity of asthmatic situation. With all the indicated homeopathic acute remedies, Dr.satapathy’s homeo nebulizer offers a rapid and long lasting relief to the acute symptoms of the asthma.
The control of the acute symptoms of the asthma won’t give a long lasting relief. It is the management of acute symptoms for a time period. Because though the symptoms can be well managed by the acute homeopathic remedies for a limited time period , but there is chance of reappearance of asthma symptoms if the patient again being exposed to the triggers. It is because the person’s immune system is still in hyperactive state so whenever he get exposed towards any allergens the symptoms again reappear. The immune system of an asthmatic person is very sensitized to many allergens and when get contact with them develop the asthmatic symptoms. Just to control the symptoms will not cure the asthma in a long term basis because his hypersensitive immune system again will react adversely when again get expose to the same allergen. So for a long term cure it is highly required to modify the hypersensitive immune system of the asthmatic person to a normal functioning immune system. A proper constitutional homeopathy medicines basing upon the homeopathy way of case history taken which covers the common clinical symptoms with their modalities , physical general symptoms, mental general symptoms, miasmatic back ground, past history of any health issues either physical or psychological background, family history of any diseases, if all those taken into consideration then the constitutional homeopathy medicine comes from those symptom similarities basis is the specific medicine for that particular person. If that medicine is given for a considerable time it will help to modify the hypersensitive immune system to normal functioning immune system. This type of homeopathy treatment is called as classical homeopathy treatment. From my 24 years of clinical experience I feel both acute homeopathy treatment along with classical approach of treatment is much more beneficial than alone acute treatment or alone classical treatment.
In spite of that there are many factors those also put bad impact on the immune system and convert its healthy functioning nature to hypersensitive nature. Factors that affect the immune systems are faulty life style, faulty food habits, lack of physical activities, constantly staying in a overstressed condition, side effects of various chemical drugs, obesity, smoking, rise of pollution, suppression of any skin disease, hereditary condition and so many life style changes also responsible for making our immune system hyperactive. So with homeopathy treatment a healthy life style, healthy food habits, healthy mind set up is mostly desirable to cure asthma permanently and forever.
Summarize of the scope of homeopathy treatment for asthma
- Homeopathy treatment can well manage the acute symptoms of asthmatic condition like difficulties in breathing, cough, fever, etc most effectively and more safely
- During acute asthmatic attack homeopathy oral medicines as well as homeopathic mobilization developed by Dr.Satapathy (Dr.Satapathy’s homeo nebulizer) gives instant relief to the broncho spasm and tightness of chest by preventing the muscles contraction and making the airways free to take normal breath
- The shortness of breath and wheezing sound also gradually decreases by the oral homeopathy treatment with Dr Satapathy’s homeo nebulization in 1 to 2 days
- Homeopathy treatment for asthma can cure the allergic condition too which one of the triggers factor for development of asthma.
- Homeopathy treatment for asthma can modify the hypersensitivity nature of the immune system of the asthmatic person. When the hypersensitivity or the hyper susceptibilities nature of immune system improves in the course of treatment then he will not react adversely to the allergens which he was reacting before. This can only be possible by a proper constitutional homeopathy treatment for asthma.
- Homeopathy treatment for asthma is very safe and without having any drug side effect.
Some important homeopathy medicines for bronchial asthma
Aconite -Dry teasing cough that worse during the winter season or exposing to cold air. Cold exposure that causes wheezing sound and bronchial spasm. It is generally given in acute asthmatic condition when the person is coughing with whhezing sound. There is tightness or constriction sensation of chest. The person is very restless and fearful from this asthmatic situation. Giving this medicine in repeated interval can relief the cough and wheezing sound along with tightness of chest.
Arsenic alb -Asthma with wheezing sounds. Tightness of chest, difficulties in breathing is associated with asthma. The person feels more of chest tightness and breathlessness on lying posture. He feels kittle relief on sitting posture with slight bending forwards. There is restlessness feeling and anxieties associated with asthma. The mouth feels dry and wants to drink water but very little at a time.
Ipecac - This remedy is also very useful in asthmatic condition where there is more wheezing sound associated with cough. The person coughs a lot and vomits after wards. There is chest tightness with shortness of breath. In acute condition this remedy helps a lot to control the acute symptoms.
Antim tart - This remedy also has the wheezing sound but the wheezing sound is loose in character i.e. feeling of chest is full with cough but on coughing nothing comes out. It is generally given in asthmatic condition of child and aged person who cannot expel out the sputum spontaneously.
Ars iod - Allergic asthma. The asthma result from allergic origin like exposure to dust, pollens, pet dander etc. there is runny nose with watery nasal discharge. Burning of nose and eyes with water discharge occur before the asthma start. There is swelling of nasal turbinate due to allergic cause. Red congested eyes, burning corroding nasal discharge. Stoppage of nose. It is generally given asthma of allergic origin.
Aralia racemosa - Asthma is associated with more cough. Generally the cough is worst at the night time. Wheezing sound, tightness of chest or constriction feeling in chest are more marked at the night time just after taking a nap of sleep. There is more nasal discharge with recurrent sneezing.
Baccilinum - This is generally prescribed as constitutional remedy for asthma. The person is hypersensitive to cold. On little exposure to cold he gets allergic sneezing, nasal discharge, cough that leads to asthmatic problem. There is constriction sensation in chest with suffocative feeling due to bronchial spasm. The cough and wheezing are more in night time. The person may have hereditary condition of asthma.
Blatta orientalis -his is generally given in mother tincture form or in lower potency to control the acute attack of asthma. The wheezing sound and chest tightness is relieved by taking the medicines in material dose. In acute attack the medicines can be repeated frequently to relieve the symptoms of chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
carbo veg -Asthma with dry cough and a itching sensation in larynx. There is oppression of breathing more towards evening time. Wheezing and rattling of mucus in chest with cough worse in evening, in open air, after eating and talking. Generally it is prescribed in asthma of aged person.
Coca - Asthma with shortness of breath and feeling of compression of chest generally marked to mountain climbing. The person feels exhausted by little physical and even mental strain. Sometimes it is chosen for emphysema condition. Cough with hawking of small, transparent pieces of mucus. Want of breath, shortness of breath, especially in aged athletes, and alcoholic users.
Grindelia - It is an efficient remedy for chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma problem. There is more wheezing and oppression feeling of chest and chest tightness. There is productive cough with profuse expectoration. There is feeling of ceasing breathing when falling asleep and suddenly wakes up and gasps for breath. He must sit up to take breathe. Any physical exertion worsens the asthmatic symptoms. The person cannot breathe freely when lying down.
Natrum Sulph - Asthma with productive cough. There are difficulties in breathing with wheezing sound during damp weather. Severe cough and the person must hold the chest when coughing. Asthma appears on every time there is a change of weather. More frequency of asthmatic episode is generally occurred on rainy damp season. Generally this remedy is chosen for asthma in children, as a constitutional remedy.
Sambucus - There is blockage of nose especially in children and the child wakes of with feeling of suffocation. There is tightness of chest and pressure in stomach, and nausea, severe suffocative cough at about midnight, with crying and difficulties in breathing. Snuffles of infants; nose dry and obstructed. When nursing nose get blocked up, cannot breathe. Child awakes suddenly in night with suffocating feeling, sits up, face turns blue. It is also prescribes in industrial asthmatic disorder
Calcarea carb - It is the constitutional remedy generally given to asthmatic patient. The person is slightly obese with lack of physical activities. There is profuse sweating from the head or other parts of the body on slightest physical exertion. The person cannot tolerate heat wants open air but the open air does not suit. The child has a tendency to catch cold easily. Generally the allergic condition leads to asthmatic complain in latter part.
Nux vom - Generally given in asthmatic complain of digestive origin. The dyspepsia condition is prominent in the patient. There is constipation tendency with hyperacidity symptoms like burning chest and heaviness feeling in stomach after a meal. The breathing difficulties with oppression of chest generally get worse after a full meal. The person is hypersensitive, irritable and nervous temperament.
Thuja occidentalis - Children suffering from asthma which is worse in damp climate or season change. There is dry cough associated in afternoon, with pain in stomach and stitches in chest. Asthma starts after taking cold drinks.
Kali carb - This medicine is generally indicated when the asthmatic attack comes at night especially after mid night. The patient can not lie down and sit on a comfortable position where he gets relief. The asthma occurs on atmospheric changes, draught of cold. The person is irritable and full of fears and imagination.
Belladonna - When there are violent spasm of asthmatic breathing with severe sense of tightness of chest with constriction of throat as if he would suffocate.
Kali bi - When the asthmatic attack are caused by or followed by after coitus this medicines will be helpful. There is cough with thick ropy like expectoration which is the characteristic symptom of this remedy
Lycopodoium - Asthma due to suppression excitement or anger or emotion. The suppression of any sort of psychological or emotional trauma leads asthma in future life. There is fanlike motion of nostrils due to exhausted breathing. The person is very susceptible to catching cold. There are symptoms of hyperacidity like burning in chest, flatulency, and sour taste in mouth. The asthma related to digestive problem may require this homeopathic medicine.
Compressive notes of homeopathic medicines for asthma in related to causative factors -
Asthma of allergic origin like exposure to pollen, dust, per danders, cold All-C. Ambr. Apis, Aral. Ars-I. Ars. Arum-T. Carb-V, Dulc, Euphr. Iod. Ip. Kali-I. Lach. Linu-U. Lob. Med. Naja Naphtin. Nat-S. Nux-V. Ol-An. Op. Phle. Sabad. Sang. Sep. Sil. Sin-N. Stict. Sul-I. Sulph. Thuj. Tub.
Asthma with wheezing sounds and shortness of breath Acon. Ant-T. Ars. Blatta-A. Blatta-O. Bry. Calad. Caps. Cupr-Act. Erio. Eucal. Grin. Ip. Kali-I. Lob. Nat-S. Onis. Sabal Sulph.
Asthma from allergic exposure, congestion or redness of eyes, more sneezing and runny nose All-C. Ars. Carb-V. Dulc. Euphr. Lach. Naja Nat-S. Nux-V. Sin-N. Stict.
Asthma generally occurs to children Acon. Ambr. Ant-T. Ars. Calc. Carc. Cham. Ip. Kali-Br. Kali-C. Kali-I. Kali-N. Kali-S. Lob. Med. Mosch. Nat-S. Nux-V. Phos. Psor. Puls. Samb. Sanic. Sil. Stram. Sulph. Thuj. Tub. Vib.
Foods those are helpful for asthma patients
Any food does not cure the asthma but there are certain things you could be incorporating to help your asthma condition
Vitamin D – it is found that peoples suffering with chronic bronchial asthma have low level of Vit-D. So take the foods that are rich with vitamin D like fish, milk, eggs. Daily exposure to sun will help a lot to increase your Vit-D level in your body.
Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits - The green leafy vegetables and fruits are rich with anti oxidant and micronutrients. So regular taking of natural fruits and vegetables will help you for your asthma. Apple is good for asthma patient. It contains many beneficial compounds known as flavonoids, micronutrients that are helpful to have some therapeutic effect upon asthma and allergy condition. Avoid all sorts of junk foods, fast foods, stored foods- many stored foods and junk foods contain sulfites a chemical that triggers asthma symptoms. This is used as preservatives in dried foods, wines, pickles and also many junk foods. Avoid the foods which are allergy triggers for your body – if you have allergic problem you must know what foods are allergic to your body. Some children are allergic to milk i.e. milk protein. Whenever they take milk their asthma symptoms aggravates. So in that case avoid milk for those children. Similarly, after taking ice creams or chilled foods some children develops asthmatic symptoms. In that case don’t give chilled freeze foods or ice creams to your child. Find out those things and try to avoid them of giving.
Honey and basil leaves –
one spoon basil leaves mixing with ½ tea spoon honey if gives daily it eliminate the allergic and asthma symptoms. The honey bees collect the pollens from very plants and prepare honey. The pollens are the triggers for allergy. So when a person regularly takes a little amount of honey that stimulates your immune system against pollen allergy. Basil leaves commonly known as tulsi leaves in India. It contains some essential oils that effectively act on our respiratory system.
Ginger – ginger juice has many health beneficiary effects. The anti inflammatory effect of ginger is one of them. In allergy and asthma it has very good effect.
Yoga and pranayam (breathing exercise) for asthma:
The asthma patient breaths faster than a normal person. Besides that all the asthma patients mostly are mouth breathers. This also causes expose their lungs to cooler and drier air. It is being proved in many clinical trials that along with any types of treatment if breathing exercise is added the cure rate is more.
There are various types of breathing exercises which are very much beneficial for asthma patients.
- Lie down or sit straightly. Concentrate on your breath; take a deep breath slowly through your nose. When you inhale your abdomen should be go out not chest. Then hold the air for 5 seconds and exhale slowly. Practice it for 8 to 10 times regularly.
- Sit on a chair straight without crossing your legs and relax all your muscles specially shoulder and abdominal muscles. Close your eyes concentrate on your breathing while in relax position. Keep focus on breathing with shoulder rotation forward curl. Similarly focus on breathing with arm raises.
- Savasana – it is one asana of yoga that helps improving your respiratory capacity- lie on your back with your arm on both sides. Close your eyes and relax your jaws and whole body and concentrate on your breathing. Takes a deep shallow breath slowly and exhale it out slowly. Practice it for 6 to 8 times regularly. Always do the yoga in early morning in a clean and open place.
- Bending pose of yoga - Stand straight with little wide apart of your legs, bend your body forward, and put a little bend in the knees to relieve any strain in the lower back, touch the floor by your both hand , and let your body hang as you take five deep breaths with your eyes closed.
Case-1 - Mr.Dev panigrahi (not real name), Bhubaneswar
Mr Dev’sdaughter age of 8 years was suffering from recurrent cold, cough and asthmatic problem every 2 or 3weeks interval. Every time when he visits to doctor is prescribed antihistaminic drugs, inhaler, antibiotics, cough syrup and other medicines. After taking the allopathy medicines she got the relief but again after a couple of days all the symptoms reappear and again take the allopathy medicines course. This thing was happening last 4 years. When he came to me the kid was on acute asthmatic condition. She was severe wheezing sound with shortness of breath. At that moment the kid was so restless and anxiety because of shortness of breath. Observing all the symptoms I gave aconite and ipecac alternately every 30 minutes interval for few doses and then every 2 hour alternately. Within 24 hours the child got relieve from the severity of symptoms and take breathe freely. Then I took the case completely and gave calcarea carb and natrum sulph as per the totality of symptoms. She continues the 2 medicines on increasing order of potency in couple days and then weeks interval. Now at the present date she is completely alright and not having the asthmatic attack even once in a year.
Case-2 O.Khan, Bhubaneswar
The boy was suffering from asthma last 10 years . He was on allopathic medicines since then. As long as he used to take allopathic medicine feel a little relief. But when stop after a few days of gap again it reappears. These things made him physically and mentally very depressed. When I took the case history found key symptoms that his asthma has been started after once he suffered with measles at the childhood. During the asthmatic attack he needs open air and fanning. He can’t lie down during the attack. He has frequent attack of acidity problem whenever he takes any junk or fried foods. So basing on the totality of symptoms I gave him carbo veg and pulsatilla of LM potency. He continued the treatment for a period of 1 year and then left. The boy who was constantly on steroid inhaler now after the treatment he has not ever used once the inhaler and no asthmatic attack last 6 years.
So it has always proved homeopathy cures the case including asthma if the treatment is done in proper homeopathic way of totality symptoms.
Case-3 G sneha , berhampur
A kid of 4 years came with severe asthmatic episode. When I saw her face it looks congested and anxious due to chest congestion and suffocative feeling. Immediately I gave her belladonna and arsenic alternately to relieve her symptoms. Then nebulizes her with self developed homeo nebulizer to make the kid relax from her severe bronchial spasm. Within a 30 minutes interval she became easy with breathing and sit calmly. I took the case and as per the totality symptoms prescribed thuja and medorrhinum in LM potency. He continued my treatment and now she is completely cured from her asthmatic problem.
There are thousands of cases those are completely cured from asthmatic complain after our treatment. All cases can not be possible to give here.
My approach of treatment to asthma
Asthma is such distracting disease and when asthma patient comes to the doctor she is so much distressed from the bronchial spasm needs immediate relief from the acute bronchial spasm and shortness of breath, otherwise the patient will go to hypoxemia condition. There is no sufficient time in a homeopath hand to ask the detail totality symptoms to give a similimum that can give instant releif. The first step is to make the patient free from the bronchial spasm and make him easy in breathing. For that we should be adequately experienced to study the symptoms from the patient’s attitude and facial expression then to give those remedies in frequent doses to make the patient easy to breath. Dr Satapathy homeopathy nebulizer liquid is a combination of few homeopathy remedies of lower potency but it gives instant relief to the patient by nebulizing. Here in this way we can give the patient an immediate relief and during that period we can take the detail case history and can give the constitutional remedy what comes from his totality symptoms. So I applied two way of treatment. First I try to relieve the acute symptoms which are highly required to make one patient getting relief from his distracting asthma symptoms. Then I take the total case history and select the medicine as per the totality of symptoms. The acute remedies are given at the time of acute attack and along with side by side the constitutional remedies are given for stimulating his immune system. I have achieved grand success with this approach of treatment. It is my personal opinion for treating an asthma case.
Research conducted by different institution about the scope of homeopathy treatment in Bronchial Asthma
- Some clinical research ‘ homeopathy trestment for asthma’ conducted by CCRH, New Delhi, India carried out on 2641 patients at different centers all over India from the year 1984 to 2003 suggest the positive role of Homoeopathy in reducing the frequency and intensity of acute exacerbations of asthma, during the acute attack and also in reducing the drug dependence. li>Some research worked on asthma conducted by complementary and alternative medicine dept, Medical Research Division, National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt on 2012 in a group of Egyptian asthmatic children by giving individualized constitutional homeopathy treatment shows that homeopathic medicines, as prescribed by experienced homeopathic practitioners, improve severity of asthma in children.
- Some clinical studies on ‘immunology and homeopathy’ show the significant curative effect of homeopathy in comparison to placebo effect.
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