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Asthma

Treating asthma with homoeopathy

Asthma is a disease that mainly affects children under 5 years old. If the condition is detected on time, it can be treated early to prevent its development. In most cases, the disease’s symptoms disappear during adolescence and reappear when the patient reaches 40 years old. Asthma can be hereditary but it can also be acquired. According to several scientific studies, this condition has been steadily increasing in industrialized countries, especially since the second half of the twentieth century.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a common chronic disease of the airways caused by an inflammation of the bronchi and bronchioles. It leads to shortness of breath and a feeling of tightness in the chest. The symptoms caused by this disease can be permanent and the attacks fatal. The allopathic drugs available in the trade are still not able to cure the disease and the scope of action is limited to merely relieving the pain resulting from the pathology. Furthermore, asthma is difficult to diagnose, especially in children. It is for this reason that parents must be particularly vigilant when their son or daughter becomes very agitated and anxious, on top of experiencing breathing difficulties.

Symptoms of asthma

An asthmatic person easily runs out of breath and often suffers from dry cough. In most cases, this person is allergic to aerosols present in the air, like smoke molecules, pollen grains and dust particles, animal hair or the smell of certain natural or artificial substances. Breathing is hissing, especially during the attacks.

An asthma attack begins with a dry cough and a feeling of suffocation. The patient has a hard time breathing because due to the illness, his or her bronchial tubes cannot open themselves properly. The contraction of the muscles located next to these organs aggravates the patient’s condition. Coughing is often accompanied by spitting up mucus, which means that the patient sometimes has a lot of difficulties to speak. Most of the time, an attack occurs after a physical effort or when the asthmatic person decides to go to bed. The patient’s heart rate increases and sweating is more abundant than usual. Just like the lips, the fingers then turn blue.

Homoeopathic treatment of asthma

Adolescence is the ideal time to treat asthma because it is during puberty that it can be completely cured. Past that time, the patient will need to live with the disease. In addition, to make the homoeopathic remedies against asthma more effective, it is better for the patient to stay in a dry region where he or she will be able to breathe the sea air.

There are two types of homoeopathic treatment of asthma, namely the treatment of acute asthma attacks and a preventive and therapeutic treatment. The first provides relief to the patient as soon as the symptoms appear and the second helps him or her to get rid of his or her allergies. Several homoeopathic remedies are effective in treating asthma. This is true of Lung Histamine 5 CH, of which the usual dosage is two granules, to be taken three to four times a day, although in case of attacks the recommended dosage is 5 granules, to be taken every half hour.  Regarding Nux Vomica 7 CH, it is advisable to take it immediately after meals. In this case, the recommended dosage is 2 granules, to be taken 3 times a day. Furthermore, if the patient suffers from coughing during the night, it will be necessary for that person to let two granules of Drosera melt under the tongue three times a day. If the asthmatic person is no longer able to breathe and his or her face turns blue, it is best to let him or her suck two granules of Cuprum Metallicum 5 CH three times a day. Finally, if the symptoms appear mostly between 2 and 4 am and make the patient asthenic and chilly, it is necessary to take two pellets of Kalium Carbonicum 9 CH at bedtime

When should you consult a doctor?

A person must absolutely seek medical attention when suffering from cough that is both dry and itchy and lasts several months or reappears chronically. Furthermore, if the disease has been confirmed and attacks occur at bedtime, at night and in the early morning upon awakening, the patient should also go see a doctor without delay. It is even advisable to perform a health check periodically, especially during the rainy season, a time during which the wet aerosols that invade the atmosphere are likely to worsen the disease. Finally, it is especially when asthma is accompanied or caused by chronic bronchitis that the patient’s condition needs to be closely monitored.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “asthma”

Associated treatments

  • Antimonium Tartaricum
  • Aralia Racemosa
  • Arsenicum Album
  • Blatta Orientalis
  • Bromum
  • Carbo Vegetabilis
  • Dulcamara
  • Grindelia
  • Ignatia Amara
  • Ipeca
  • Kalium Carbonicum
  • Lachesis Mutus
  • Pollens
  • Lung Histamine
  • Sambucus Nigra
  • Senega
  • Stramonium

Associated pathologies

  • Bronchiolitis
  • Bronchitis

Good to know: In addition to relieving symptoms, homoeopathic remedies used to treat asthma can also help the patient get rid of the allergies that are most often responsible for the attacks.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.