Have you ever wondered how it feels when your head is put in the plastic bag and you are unable to breathe? Even the mere thought of it might have made you feel the breathless, right? This is exactly how the asthmatic patient feels in his day-to-day life. For some people, it has become like a lifestyle disorder as they are living with it every day. So, if you are wondering what Asthma is, what its symptoms are, how to treat Asthma, how to treat it, and can one recover from it, think no further. Keep reading to get answers to your questions.
Symptoms of Asthma:
Let us first learn about the symptoms of asthma. The patient of asthma experiences difficulty in breathing, tightness of the chest, a cough lasting for many days along with wheezing sound from the chest, breathless on slightest physical exertion or exposure to allergic agents like dust, pollens, change of weather, etc.
There are several treatments available for asthma. Steroid-based inhalers, bronchodilators, and anti-allergic medicines are some of the treatments for asthma but they come with side-effects and drug dependency. Once a patient starts depending on steroid medicines, it becomes difficult to stop its use as his lungs stop working independently, and he has to depend on the steroid for the dilatation of the air-passages to breathe like a normal person. I am not against using steroids, as they are life-saving drugs and, hence, they should be used judiciously. But, we should try to reactivate our lungs and airways by using homeopathic remedies.
Homeopathic Management for Asthma:
Homeopathy effectively treats asthma and helps you obtain great relief. Homeopathy plays a vital role in managing asthma by reducing the dependency on steroid medicines, minimizing the frequency of episodes of breathlessness and cough, and increasing the immunity of the patient against allergens. Also, homeopathy does not cause side-effects like steroids, so homeopathy offers safe and effective treatment for asthma. Below are a few medicines that can be used in treating asthma, but I would suggest consulting a Homeopathic physician before taking any medicines as they are the best to guide you. A professional homeopath not only diagnoses the disease but also gives homeopathic medicines according to your prevailing complaints.
Homeopathic Medicines for Asthma
- Arsenicum Album: This is one of the most frequently prescribed medicines. It is also used as preventive medicine for respiratory ailments that have discomforting symptoms, such as breathlessness and that affects the lower part of the lungs. Arsenic album can be used to treat both acute and chronic cases of breathlessness at night, shortness of breath that worsens while lying down and relief gets better by bending forward. It can be recommended to the patient having a family history of tuberculosis. Restlessness and fear of death are some important symptoms that indicate this remedy.
- Natrum Sulphuricum: This is more used in Sailor’s Asthma. When asthma aggravates during the damp weather, the patient has to hold the chest while coughing as the chest becomes painful, and wheezing during cough occurs, Natrum Sulphuricum is indicated. Wheezing during cough is the main symptom that indicated this remedy. This homeopathic remedy is prominently recommended in children or those having a family history of Asthma.
- Blatta Orientalis: This medicine is given in the mother tincture form or the lower potency at repeated intervals during the acute attack of asthma. The patient suffers from the chest congestion with a breathlessness that worsens during the damp weather, cough with little or no expectoration, and needs to sit up while coughing as lying causes suffocation, Blatta Orientalis is indicated.
- Antimonium Tart: This homeopathy remedy is recommended when the patient experiences rattling cough with a little expectoration, lots of mucus gets accumulated in the chest but little gets expectorated, and the burning in the chest extending to the throat due to cough. It is mostly indicated in children or old people. The relief in breathlessness may get better by lying on the right side or by eructations may also indicate the remedy.
- Sambucus: It is mostly indicated in industrial asthma or childhood asthma. When the nose gets obstructed and the child wakes up suddenly from the dyspnea and face turns blue, symptoms mostly aggravated at midnight during sleep, and when the tightness in the chest and nausea during cough occurs, Sambucus is indicated.
- Ipecacuanha: When a patient experiences cough with vomiting, incessant cough with bleeding from lungs, cough with blood from slightest exertion, aphonia due to cough, and hoarseness at the end of cold, Ipecacuanha is indicated.
- Medorrhinum: When asthma gets better by lying in the knee-elbow position and patient desires fast fan even in the winter with a craving for ice and suffers from the pain and soreness across chest and mammae, Medorrhinum is indicated.
- Kali Bichromicum: This remedy is indicated when the patient suffers from a cough with ropy mucus discharges, dyspnea after midnight, and feels better by sitting up and bending forward. It helps patients whose asthma gets aggravated in the winter.
- Nux Vomica: Nux Vomica is recommended when the patient suffers from a cough along with gastric complaints with the fullness of the abdomen and bloating of the abdomen, complaints that get aggravated after having a meal and better by belching, and cough with bursting headache and pain in the epigastric region.
In addition to homeopathic medicines, the patients should also make dietary changes in their daily lifestyles. Here are some dietary tips for asthma patients.
- The patients must avoid the allergic factors which trigger their complaints.
- Also, avoid oily food, processed sugar as it may trigger the production of phlegm in the chest.
- Avoid milk and milk products.
- Avoid gluten and replace it with non-gluten products, such as maize, ragi, nachni, jowar, bajra, etc.
Now that you know how effective homeopathy is in treating asthma, count on homeopathy without a second thought if you any time happen to suffer from asthma.
- Written by Dr. Neetu Jetwani, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah