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Asthma

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Asthma
  • What is an Asthma ?
  • Symptoms of Asthma
  • Lab Investigations in Asthma
  • Home Remedies for Asthma
  • How to Prevent Asthma Attacks?

    Homeopathic Treatment of Asthma

    Allopathic treatment and its ill effects

    Conventional medical treatment (allopathy) focuses on the symptoms rather than the potential causes of asthma.

    Usually, drugs and inhalers are prescribed. Inhalers commonly include salbutamol and metaproterenol (direct bronchial dilators), cromolyn (blocks allergy-related chemicals from being released in the lung) and beclomethasone, but there are serious side effects associated with these drugs which include headaches, tachycardia (increased heart rate) and hypertension.

    Oral drugs include theophylline - which dilates bronchial passages - but side effects from this drug are common and include stomach problems, insomnia, nausea, tachycardia and even convulsions.

    Cortisone and prednisolone are steroids which are very effective in asthma, but they also can produce side effects which are very serious. The side effects include decreased resistance to infections, dependence on the drug, gastrointestinal disturbances, osteoporosis, cataract and so on.

    Safe homeopathic treatment

    Homeopathy is a system of medicine that stimulates the body's own healing processes. Asthmatics often have allergic tendencies and a genetic predisposition is common.

    Constitutional homeopathic treatment (under the guidance of an experienced, well-trained homeopathic doctor) can help to improve a person's general health on deeper levels and reduce recurrences. That, however, needs the exact symptoms as well as the factors that make the asthma better or worse.

    No two people have exactly the same symptoms of asthma. It is a very individualized disease. Every patient suffering from asthma experiences it in a different way: on exertion, when apprehensive, when outdoors, on inhaling smoke, in winter, in summer, on waking, after eating and so on.

    Homeopathic medicines treat the root cause of the asthma, rather than just suppressing its symptoms. Thus, you can rely on homeopathy for healthy breathing and a healthy life and eventually (with constitutional treatment) enhanced resistance.

    What does a patient on homeopathic treatment experience?

    • The SEVERITY, DURATION AND FREQUENCY of asthma attacks decrease as homeopathic remedies start acting.
    • There is marked reduction in breathlessness and cough and the patient feels better.
    • The altered immune response, leading to repeated attacks of asthma can be set right by homeopathic medicines.
    • Homeopathic treatment can help in desensitizing one to allergens.
    • As the homeopathic treatment progresses, we would see that acute attacks become less intense and less frequent, before they stop completely.
    • When exposed to known allergens, if no symptoms show up, it means that the homeopathic treatment is going in the right direction.

    Can asthma be cured by homeopathy permanently?

    If effectively prescribed, homeopathic treatment can completely cure asthma, with the cough and breathlessness reducing immediately. The treatment is aimed at both acute exacerbations as well as chronic asthma.

    There are homeopathic medicines that can effectively control the acute phase and later when there is a period of remission, constitutional treatment is given to optimize the natural healing processes and prevent recurrences.

    Although results can be seen immediately, children take 3 to 24 weeks to get cured of symptoms completely, while adults require 6 to 24 weeks. If the asthma alternates with a skin disease, then it will take a little longer to get completely cured.

    There are 333 homoeopathic medicines which give great relief in asthma. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the homeopathic doctor. The treatment is decided after a thorough case taking of the patient. Thus, homeopathic remedies for asthma are designer made, unlike allopathy, in which all patients receive the same drugs, including steroids - although trade names may be different.

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    What is Asthma?

    The 6 letter word 'Asthma' is a Greek word which means "to breathe hard", "to fight for each single breath". BREATH IS LIFE AND LIFE IS BREATH. Breathing is such an accepted reality of life, that we do not give much significance to it until we are deprived of it. Ask an asthma patient the agony and distress of waking up in the middle of the night, with a feeling of suffocation, short ineffectual cough, labored breathing and wheezing.

    Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation and spasm of the bronchial tubes (airways). It is characterized functionally by the presence of airflow obstruction, which is variable over short periods of time.

    The bronchial tubes of an asthmatic patient are hypersensitive and react excessively to things that are minor irritants to people without asthma.

    It can happen at any age, but most often develops in childhood. The condition seems to be increasing in our population. It affects 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 7 children.

    Asthma is multifactorial in origin, arising from the interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. The actual cause of asthma is not known, but it is generally due to hypersensitivity of the lungs and airways to certain things.

    Asthma is broadly said to be of 2 types :

    • Non allergic asthma.
    • Allergic asthma.

    Non allergic asthma : There is hypersensitivity of the bronchial system and can be caused by any one of the following reasons. Genetic predisposition is a must for its occurrence. The acute attacks could be triggered by factors such as pollen, dust mites, pets, foods like fish, eggs, peanuts, cow's milk, shellfish, respiratory infections like colds, bronchitis and sinusitis, certain drug sensitivities, tobacco, cigarette smoke, weather change, diesel fumes, paint, deodorants, gases and perfumes, exercise, emotional stress, disturbed family relationships, hormonal factors like PMS and so on.

    Hypersensitivity of the individual above triggers leads to the release of histamine from the inner bronchial wall, which leads to constriction of the bronchioles and thereby an attack of asthma.

    Allergic asthma : Asthma which begins in childhood generally occurs in Atopic individuals who produce significant amounts of immuno-globulins on exposure to small amounts of common antigens. These kind of people have a high prevalence of asthma, allergic rhinitis, urticaria and eczema.

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    Symptoms of Asthma

    • WHEEZE, COUGH, CHEST TIGHTNESS AND BREATHLESSNESS are typical symptoms.
    • Wheeze that starts as a slight whistling sound and progresses to an evidently shrill noise with each labored breath.
    • Coughing that gets worse over minutes to hours.
    • Air hunger; during an attack, there could be RETRACTION of skin in between the ribs indicating labored breathing.
    • During an attack, there could be anxiety, sweating, rapid pulse, nasal flaring, chest pain.
    • Exhalation of air seems longer than inspiration, during an attack.
    • Fingernails and lips may turn blue, especially in children.

    Lab Investigations in Asthma

    • Actually, symptomatology is enough to diagnose bronchial asthma.
    • In patients with asthma, the pulmonary function tests show decreased capacity of the lungs.
    • Chest x-ray would rule out bronchitis or any other infection.
    • Eosinophil count is found to be raised.

    Home Remedies for Asthma

    • Do not panic at the time of an asthma attack - just relax.
    • Move to a warm and ventilated area.
    • Take some rest and opt for a comfortable position.
    • Have some lukewarm water or tea, sip by sip.
    • Breathe slowly and in a relaxed manner.

    How to Prevent Asthma Attacks?

    Avoid

    • allergens / allergic foods which can cause an episode, as much as possible.
    • working in areas of noxious fumes or polluted air.
    • cold things and cold winds.
    • pelts and pollens.
    • drugs which can cause allergy.
    • smoke and smoking.
    • congested places, where the oxygen quotient is very less.
    • strain or strenuous exercise while having lung infection or shortness of breath.

    Do's

    • Take a complete course of homeopathic remedies, as directed by the physician.
    • Taper the allopathic medicines as per the advice of your homeopathic physician.
    • Keep your living area clean.
    • Care for good ventilation.
    • Improve lung function with regular breathing / aerobic exercises.
    • Have nutritious food to lead a healthy life.
    • While cleaning the house, wear a mask for protection.

    Clean

    • air filters (of ACs/windows) often.
    • damp places, to reduce molds and dust mites.
    • bedspreads, pillows, blankets, mattresses, rugs every week.
    • houses with a vacuum cleaner, rather than sweeping or dusting.
    • carpets frequently with a vacuum cleaner.

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