Asthma is a very common condition affecting five per cent of the population at one stage of life. In the Western world, up to ten per cent of children have the disease. In asthma the bronchial tubes narrow and this makes it more difficult to breathe.
Symptoms that occur in asthma are chest tightness, coughing, wheezy breathing and shortness of breath. These symptoms may simply occur when the body has to work harder – such as on walking quickly, going upstairs or running. House dust may provoke an asthma attack if there is a history of allergy as may exposure to cat, dog or horse hair. People who suffer from hay fever may find that they get asthma-like symptoms too.
So what homeopathic medicines are available to treat asthma? Asthma like any other condition can be treated with homeopathy at various levels. The ideal would be to find the treatment, which reflects the Similimum of the case (or as near to the Similimum as possible). By Similimum, I mean the remedy that best matches the person not just in terms of his symptoms but also in terms of his psyche and the way that he relates to other people and to life generally.
Homeopathic Remedies used with Asthma are:
Blatta Orientalis: this species of cockroach like night time and damp places. Asthma suffers who benefit from this remedy may complain their condition is worse in mouldy, damp environments. They are worse for exertion and may be overweight.
Ipecacuanha: Asthma associated with nausea and vomitting does well with this remedy. This remedy is used traditionally for croup.The chest sounds rattling and is worst for warm humid weather.
Lobelia Onflata is a plant with blue flowers. It is good for those who feel they cann’t get air into their lungs, and feel panic. They may have a sensation of the feeling of a lump in their chest.
Antimonium Tarticum was traditionally used as an emetic. It is used in asthma for children and elderly because in it’s homeopathic format it is gentle on the body. The person is irritable but better for being fanned. The breathlessness is worse for heat and lying down.
Natrum Sulphuricum is useful for adults and children. Especially in asthma that stops at puberty. Asthma associated with a period of grief. It tend to be worse at 4am, damp weather and in fog. At times there is rattling and greenish mucus
Medorrhinum is useful where there is eczema and asthma combined.
Tuberculinum is used to build the immune system and prevent recurrant colds and chest infections
Having asthma is common and people can lead full and active lives but manage their asthma well.
(If someone has asthma and they are already on conventional medicine I would strongly recommend that they do not stop their medication or alter it without deciding this together with a doctor. Stopping medication can result in a flaring up of the asthma and this may be confused with a homeopathic aggravation, or worse, it could be potentially very serious)
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