Homoeopathic Management for Bronchial Asthma
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the small airways, characterized by Episodic, reversible bronchial obstruction due to hyper-responsiveness of tracheobronchial tree to a multiplicity of intrinsic and extrinsic stimuli manifested clinically by
These may occur a few times a day or a few times per week. Depending on the person, asthma symptoms may become worse at night or with exercise.
Who gets Asthma?
Typically, it develops during childhood, but it can affect you at any age. People who have allergies or a parent or close family member with asthma are more likely to have the condition. More boys have asthma than girls but it is more common in women than in men.
Types of Asthma
Extrinsic Asthma (Atopic Asthma, Early onset Asthma) –
Onset is in childhood. Mostly occurs in those individuals who easily form IgE antibodies in response to allergens.
Intrinsic Asthma (Non atopic, Late onset Asthma) –
It can begin in any age, especially in late adulthood. There is no role of allergens in the production of the disease.
Factors precipitating Asthma
Dust , Acrid fumes
Respiratory infections – viral, bacterial
NSAID – Aspirin
Chemicals – Sodium or Potassium bisulfite, sulphur dioxide etc
Allergens – Ingested – Fish, Nuts, Strawberries
Inhaled – dust, pollen, house dust mite
Food additives – tartrazine, metabisulfite preservatives, monosodium glutamate or ajinomoto
Occupational allergens – grain dust, wood dust.
Signs and symptoms of Asthma
Wider spread, polyphonic, high pitched wheeze are heard.
Expiatory wheeze is heard with mild bronchoconstriction
Expiratory and inspiratory wheeze is heard in moderate bronchoconstriction.
Inspiratory wheeze is heard in severe bronchoconstriction,
In near fatal asthma, the chest is silent
Paroxysms of polyphonic wheeze, Dyspnea (shortness of breath) and Cough
Pulmonary function test
Peak expiratory flow
Management of Bronchial Asthma
Treatment of infection
Avoidance of allergens and other precipitating factors
Homeopathic management of Bronchial Asthma
Arsenicum album - Patient Unable to lie down; fears suffocation. Air-passages constricted. Asthma worse midnight. Burning in chest. Suffocative catarrh. Cough worse after midnight; worse lying on back. Expectoration scanty, frothy. Darting pain through upper third of right lung. Wheezing respiration. Haemoptysis with pain between shoulders; burning heat all over. Cough dry, as from sulphur fumes; after drinking. Asthma symptoms worse in wet weather, from cold, cold drinks, cold food, seashore, right side.
Better from heat , from head elevated, warm drinks.
Blatta orientalis - A remedy for asthma. Especially when associated with bronchitis. Indicating after arsenic. Cough with dyspnea in bronchitis and phthisis. Act best in stout and corpulent paients. Much pus like mucus.
Ipecacuanha – Dyspnoea; constant constriction in chest. Asthma. Annual attacks of asthma. Continuous sneezing; coryza; wheezing cough. Cough incessant and violent, with every breath. Chest seems full of phlegm, but does not yield to coughing. Bubbling rales. Suffocative cough; child becomes stiff, and blue in face.whooping cough and epistaxis and bleeding from the mouth. Whooping-cough, with nose bleed, and from mouth. Bleeding from lungs, with nausea; feeling of constriction; rattling cough. Croup. Haemoptysis from slightest exertion (Millef). Hoarseness, especially at end of a cold. Complete aphonia.
Kali Carbonicum – cutting pain in the chest , worse lying on the right side, dry hard cough around 3 am with stitching pain and dryness of the pharynx. Lening forward relief chect symptoms. Expectoration must be swallowed; cheesy taste, copious offensive, lump. Coldness of the chest wheezing (asthma). Cough with relaxed uvula. Tendency to tuberculosis and take to cold; better in warm climate.
Grindelia Robusta – An efficacious remedy for wheezing and oppression in bronchitic patients. The sibilant rales are disseminated with foamy mucus, very difficult to detach. Act on the pulmonary circulation. Asthma , with profuse tenacious expectoration, which relives. Stops breathing on falling asleep; wakes up with a start, and gasps for breath. Must sit up to breath. Cannot breath when lying own.
Eriodyction Californicum - A remedy for Asthmatic and bronchial affections. Asthma relived by expectoration. Wheezing; asthma, with coryza and mucus secetions. Dull pain in the right lung. Burning in the fauces.chronic bronchitis, bronchial tuberculosis, with profuse, easily raised bronchial secretion, giving relief.
Aralia Racemosa – This remedy for asthmatic conditions, with cough aggravated on lying down. Dry cough coming on after first sleep, (around the middle of night). Asthma on lying down at night with spasmodic cough,.worse after first sleep, with tickling in throat, constriction in chest; sensation of a foreign body in the throat. Obstruction worse in spring. Cogh around 11 pm.
Pecten jacobaeus - Humid Asthma. Quick labored breathing. constriction of chest, especially right side. Asthma preceded by coryza and burning in the throat and the chest. Attacks end with copious expectoration of tough, frothy mucus. Worse at night.
Lachesis mutus – Upper part of trachea very susceptible to touch. Sensation of suffocation and strangulation on lying down, particularly when anything is around throat; compels patient to spring from bed and rush for open window. Spasm of glottis; feels as if something ran from neck to larynx. Feels he must take a deep breath. Cramp-like distress in praecordial region. Cough; dry, suffocative fits, tickling. Little secretion and much sensitiveness; worse, pressure on larynx, after sleep, open air. Breathing almost stops on falling asleep (Grind). Larynx painful to touch. Sensation as of a plug (Anac) which moves up and down, with a short cough.
Medorrhinum - Much oppression of breathing. Hoarse while reading. Pain and soreness through chest and mammae. Incessant, dry, night cough. Asthma. Incipient consumption. Larynx feels sore. Dyspnoea; cannot exhale (Samb). Cough; better lying on stomach.
Psorinum - Asthma, with dyspnoea; worse, sitting up; better, lying down and keeping arms spread wide apart. Dry, hard cough, with great weakness in chest. Feeling of ulceration under sternum. Pain in chest; better, lying down. Cough returns every winter, from suppressed eruption. Hay-fever returning irregularly every year.
Sambucu nigra - Chest oppressed with pressure in stomach, and nausea Hoarseness with tenacious mucus in larynx. Paroxysmal, suffocative cough, coming on about midnight, with crying and dyspnoea. Spasmodic croup. Dry coryza. Sniffles of infants; nose dry and obstructed. Loose choking cough. When nursing child must let go of nipple, nose blocked up, cannot breathe. Child awakes suddenly, nearly suffocating, sits up, turns blue. Cannot expire (Meph). Millar's asthma.
Dr Devendra Kumar Vyas
Mob - 9752949219
MD (Hom). Part II Batch 2017-18
Department of Homoeopathic Materia Medica,
Govt. homoeopathic medical College & Hospital Bhopal MP
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