Asthma & Homoeopathy
(Biological Conflicts,Causes,Symptoms,Types )
What Is Asthma?
Soccer star David Beckham. Actress Jessica Alba. Singer Billy Joel.
What do these celebrities have in common? They all have asthma – a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, the passageways that allow air to enter and leave your lungs.
There are two types of asthma:
- Allergic This type is triggered by exposure to an allergen, such as mold
- Non Allergic . This is brought on by factors such as stress, exercise, illness, extreme weather, irritants in the air and certain medications.
- What Are the Signs That YOU Might Have Asthma?
- Do you have a regular cough that you just can’t seem to kick? Do you struggle to catch your breath? Is there a whistling or wheezing sound when you breathe? These can all be signs of asthma. Other common symptoms include chest tightness and shortness of breath. The key with asthma is that symptoms come back over and over again. Your allergist can evaluate whether your symptoms are a sign of asthma.
The most common signs of asthma are:
- Coughing, especially at night, during exercise or when laughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound in your chest when breathing, especially when exhaling)
Any asthma symptom is serious and can become deadly if left untreated. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms
- What Causes Asthma?
- It’s hard to say for sure What causes asthma, but family genetics are believed to be a key factor. Asthma often runs in families. Environmental factors, such as exposure to secondhand smoke or air pollution, can also play a role.
- Asthma symptoms may be triggered by exposure to an allergen (such as ragwed,dustmites,pollen etc.) irritants in the air (such as smoke, chemical fumes or strong odors) or extreme weather conditions. Exercise or an illness — particularly a respiratory illness or the flu — can also make you more susceptible.
- A physical display of strong emotion that affects normal breathing patterns — such as shouting, crying or laughing — can also act as an asthma trigger. Panic can prevent a person with asthma from relaxing and following instructions, which is essential during an asthma attack. Scientists have found that rapid breathing associated with strong emotions can cause bronchial tubes to constrict, possibly provoking or worsening an attack.
- Asthma symptoms can appear at any time. Mild episodes may last only a few minutes and may be resolved spontaneously or with medication; more severe episodes can last from hours to days.
- People with asthma, like those with any chronic condition, may experience significant stress. Because it is a leading cause of work and school absences, asthma can affect a person’s livelihood, education and emotional well-being. Depression may set in when people diagnosed with asthma believe that they are unable to participate in normal activities.
Asthma Symptoms in Children
Most children with asthma have symptoms before they turn 5. In very young children, it may be hard for parents, and even doctors, to recognize that the symptoms are due to asthma. The bronchial tubes in infants, toddlers and preschoolers are already small and narrow, and head colds, chest colds and other illnesses can inﬂame these airways, making them even smaller and more irritated.
The symptoms of pediatric asthma can range from a nagging cough that lingers for days or weeks to sudden and scary breathing emergencies.
Common symptoms to watch for include:
- Coughing,especially at night
- A wheezing or whistling sound when breathing, especially when exhaling
- Trouble breathing or fast breathing that causes the skin around the ribs or neck to pull in tightly
- Frequent colds that settle in the chest
Your child might have only one of these symptoms or several of them. You may think it’s just a cold or bronchitis. If the symptoms recur, that’s a clue that your child might have asthma. In addition, symptoms may worsen when your child is around asthma triggers, such as irritants in the air (smoke or strong odors, for example) or allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust mites.
One of the most common ways to test for asthma is to use a spirometer – a small instrument that measures the amount of air you can breathe in and out. It’s a simple, safe test that helps measure how well your lungs are working.
You’ll be asked to breathe in until your lungs are full. You’ll then blow the air out into a hollow tube as hard and as fast as possible. The tube is attached to a device that measures how much air you’re able to hold in your lungs and detects whether anything is obstructing your airways.
Once you’ve taken the test once or twice, your allergist may have you use an inhaler. You will then blow into the spirometer again to determine whether the inhaler medication improved your lung function.
The allergist may also suggest a skin test, blood test or chest X-ray. These tests give your allergist more information to work with to help you get your asthma under control.
Your allergist will look at your SYMPTOMS and family history, as well as the results of your physical exam and asthma testing, to determine if you have asthma. There are many different types of asthma, and each type can range from mild to moderate to severe.
There are many different types of asthma, brought on by many different triggers.
Can you get asthma as an adult? What causes adult onset asthma? Read more to find out, and see an allergist for treatment.
Learn about the triggers and treatment for allergic asthma and how an allergist can help you manage allergy and asthma symptoms.
Asthma –COPD Overlap
How does chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (or COPD) overlap with asthma? Learn the symptoms and treatment options and see an allergist for help.
Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction
If you start wheezing or coughing during exercise, or if physical exertion makes it difficult for you to breathe, you may have exercise-induced asthma.
Learn about the triggers and treatment for non-allergic asthma and how an allergist can help you manage symptoms.
If you experience wheezing, coughing, chest tightness or shortness of breath at work, you may have occupational asthma.
Asthma Biological Conflict
BRONCHIAL ASTHMA involves two Biological Special Programs (see also laryngeal asthma)
- Conflict activity of a territorial fear conflict with the impact of the DHS in the right temporal lobe in the brain relay of the bronchial muscles
- Conflict activity of a scare-fright conflict, sexual conflict, identity conflict, or marking conflict, corresponding to the left temporal lobe
In this case, the person is in a Bronchial Asthma Constellation, also throughout the Epileptoid Crisis which is a temporary reactivation of the conflict-active phase.
The actual asthma attack occurs during the Epileptoid Crisis. The Epi-Crisis of the striated bronchial muscles presents as convulsions moving towards the mouth, that is, outwards. The symptoms of bronchial asthma are therefore the typical wheezing and prolonged expiration of asthmatics (when the bronchial muscles are affected, exhaling is extended because of the partial functional loss of the muscles that control inhaling). The Epi-Crisis of the smooth bronchial muscles presents as spasm, similar to the hyper-peristalsis during an intestinal colic. With concurrent water retention due to the SYNDROME, the asthma attack could be severe.
When both the bronchial and laryngeal muscles go through the Epileptoid Crisis at the same time, the asthma attack presents as prolonged exhaling with wheezing (bronchial asthma) and extended inhaling with gasping for breath (laryngeal asthma). This condition, called status asthmaticus, causes acute breathing difficulties with the danger of dying from suffocation.
NOTE: Cortisone is a sympathicotonic agent that reactivates the conflict-active symptoms. In this case, it causes a paralysis of the bronchial and laryngeal muscles. The antispasmodic effect of the medication can, therefore, be lifesaving. Caution, however, with the SYNDROME, since the water retention increases the swelling in the brain.
Chronic bronchial asthma attacks indicate that the related territorial fear conflict has not been completely resolved. In conventional medicine, recurring asthma attacks are usually associated with an “allergy”.
Hence, the bronchial asthma attack involves both the striated and smooth bronchial muscles. The Epileptoid Crisis of the striated bronchial muscles presents as bronchial spasms and convulsions. The Epi-Crisis of the smooth muscles presents as a hyper-peristalsis similar to an intestinal colic. Hence, BOTH the smooth and striated bronchial muscles take part in the asthma crisis. The same applies to the laryngeal asthma attack; in this case, the smooth and striated laryngeal muscles are involved.
Homoeopathic Medicine for Asthma
1. Arsenic Album – Top Grade Medicine for Asthma
The symptoms indicative of use Arsenic Album are suffocative cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Asthma that gets worse around midnight is also treated well with this medicine. Another important guiding feature for using Arsenic Album is asthma that alternatives with skin rash or eczema.
2. Spongia Tosta – For Asthma with Dry Cough
Spongia Tosta works well for asthma with a dry cough. The cough, in this case, can be deep, barking, hacking type. The cough is attended with extreme dryness of all the air passages. Along with dry cough, whistling from the chest on inspiration is noted. Respiration is also difficult. In most cases, warm drinks bring relief from the cough.
3. Antimonium Tartaricum – For Excessive, Rattling Cough
Antimonium Tartaricum is an excellent remedy for asthma with an excessive, rattling cough. The cough is loose, rattling and the lungs feel full of mucus. Mucus from the lungs is raised with much difficulty. Respiration is rapid and difficult. Excessive suffocation is observed. The suffocation worsens on lying down, with a need to sit up.
4. Ipecac and Sambucus Nigra – For Asthma in Children
Ipecac and Sambucus Nigra help treat asthma in children. Ipecac works well when there is excessive cough with mucus rales in the chest. The cough is accompanied by suffocation, shortness of breath and gasping for air. The child may become blue and stiff during the asthma attack.
Sambucus Nigra is indicated for night asthma episodes in children. A child in need of Sambucus Nigra wakes up suddenly at night, with cough and suffocation.
5. Dulcamara and Natrum Sulphuricum – Asthma Triggered in Damp Weather
Dulcamara and Natrum Sulphuricum are very useful natural remedies for asthma in damp weather. Among them, Dulcamara is the best prescription for loose, rattling asthmatic cough in damp weather where the person has to cough a long time to expel phlegm.
Natrum Sulphuricum is the most helpful medicine where cough with thick, ropy, green phlegm is present. Natrum Sulphuricum also works well where the asthma worsens around 4 am and 5 am. Natrum Sulphuricum is also among the top grade remedies for treating asthma in children.
6. Nux Vomica – For Asthma in Winter
Nux Vomica is a prominent remedy for asthma in the winter. Cough with wheezing and oppressed breathing arise in cold weather. The cough may be prominently dry in the evening and night time but loose with expectoration during the day. Suffocative asthma attacks after midnight are also best treated with Nux Vomica. Nux Vomica is also of great help in gastric asthma.
7. Blatta Orientalis and Bromium – For Asthma Triggered by Dust Exposure
Both Blatta Orientalis and Bromium are significant remedies for asthma triggered by exposure to dust. Blatta Orientalis is prescribed for a cough with difficult respiration and pus-like mucus.
Bromium is selected when there is cough with the rattling of mucus, suffocation, and difficulty in breathing after exposure to dust.
8. Carbo Veg and Senega – For Asthma in Elderly
Carbo Veg and Senega show the most amazing results in asthma in aged people. Carbo Veg is prescribed in case of cough with burning pain in the chest. Expectoration is present in the morning. The phlegm is mainly yellow or pus-like and has sour, salty or putrid taste. The cough gets worse in the evening. There is frequent need to take deep breaths. Wheezing and rattling of mucus are also prominent.
Carbo Veg is also the medicine to use where the cough worsens as one goes from a warm place to a cold place. It is also the medicine to go to for treating asthma that worsens with acidity or flatulence.
Senega is considered where there is difficulty in raising mucus from the chest. The mucus is tough and profuse. Oppression, weight, and soreness are felt in the chest.
9. Drosera Rotundifolia and Coccus Cacti – For Cough Variant Asthma
Drosera Rotundifolia and Coccus Cacti give wonderful results in cough variant asthma. The features guiding the use of Drosera Rotundifolia are a dry and highly irritating cough. The paroxysms of cough follow each other rapidly. Talking may worsen the cough. Rough, scraping sensation in the throat may attend along with a nocturnal cough.
Coccus Cacti is indicated where cough with much suffocation and strangling sensation in the throat predominates. Coccus Cacti also works well for a spasmodic cough that ends in vomiting.
10. Aconite Napellus – For Asthma that Worsens with Cold Air
For asthma that worsens with cold air, Aconite Napellus is an excellent remedy. Coughing starts soon after exposure to cold air, with whistling sound in the chest. Whistling is mainly present during inspiration. Shortness of breath and chest oppression is also felt.
11. Lobelia Inflata – For Asthma in Smokers
Lobelia Inflata is a very useful medicine for treating asthma in smokers. The person needing Lobelia Inflata has difficult, short respiration with cough. He complains of oppressed feeling in the chest. He feels like there’s a lump in the throat. Few persons who need Lobelia Inflata also complain of a burning sensation in the chest.
Note - All medicines should be prescribed on constitutional basis with symptom similarity for best cure in cases of Asthma
- Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Edition.
- Dr,Hammer’s Theory (GERMAN N EW MEDICINE)
- Materia Medica-Dr.Boericke,s & Dr.Murphy
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