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Asthma: Breathing made easy with homeopathy

Did you know there are around 24 crore people across the world, who rarely breathe easy? They struggle to perform this basic activity, which for most of us is easy and automatic. Unfortunately, as many as half of them are children. A common cause of school absenteeism, asthma accounts for an estimated 14 million lost school days, with nearly three million doctor visits and two million hospitalisations each year! Imagine what parents go through seeing their child struggle through every breath? This is the scary world of Asthma. If you too are the one suffering from this disorder, or if you are looking for a safe treatment of asthma for your child, you would be glad to know that asthma responds extremely well to homeopathy. Asthma treatment in homeopathy is holistic and without any side-effects.

 Asthma treatment in homeopathy is free of side-effects

Conventional medicines for asthma can be divided into two categories –the first one that dilates the constricted airways (bronchodilators) while the second group reduces inflammation. These medicines either prevent or relieve asthma. They may be prescribed for short-term or long-term use and can be either swallowed or inhaled. However, conventional medicines most of the times only manage the symptoms of asthma, never cure them.

Furthermore, conventional treatment of asthma, especially the inhalers, can sometimes be associated with side-effects like increased heart rate and muscle weakness. Systemic bronchodilator medications such as theophylline affect the whole body rather than just the lungs and so have a greater number of unpleasant side effects. Mood and behavioral changes; allergic reactions; nausea and vomiting; tremors; irregular heartbeats; and persistent headaches can occur due to allopathic medicines usually suggested for asthma. Importantly, children are nowadays getting addicted to or are increasingly getting dependent on inhalers, which has become a cause of worry for most parents.

By treating your asthma with homoeopathy all of the above side-effects can be avoided and your asthma symptoms are far more likely to reduce over time and clear completely.

Asthma treatment in homeopathy focuses on treating the person suffering from asthma by taking a holistic outlook. It examines not just the symptoms one experiences during an attack, but also all the changes and variations that occur on the physical, mental and emotional levels — this helps to determine how a person’s health and well-being have been altered. Homeopathy analyses the hereditary factors and environmental triggers, too — to complete the individual’s constitutional portrait, while stimulating the individual’s immunity by treating the cause of the illness — and, not just the illness state or diagnosis.

Asthma treatment in homeopathy also focuses on the presentation of symptoms peculiar to the individual plus what improves or aggravates the condition in relation to time, posture, movement and rest.

Case study

Take this case for example. Master Tapan (6) visited a homeopath for treatment of asthma with his anxious parents. His asthmatic problem began when he was three-years-old. To manage his symptoms, he was put on antibiotics, expectorants, and steroids. The only position which gave the little boy some relief was lying in the knee-elbow position. This unique symptom led the homeopathic doctor to prescribe him remedy Medorrhinum. Tapan responded favourably to treatment; his dependence on allopathic medicines was gradually lessened and then stopped in a span of 4-6 months.

This is a unique case of an unusual position giving relief to the patient. The position the individual adopts often helps a homeopathic doctor select a not-too-commonly used homeopathic remedy too. This shows how atypical individualistic symptoms and sharing uncommon or peculiar characteristics with your homeopath can actually help you to get better.

The efficacy of homeopathy treatment for asthma has similarly been proven through clinical research. Asthma treatment in homeopathy focuses on bringing down the intensity, frequency and duration of attacks; increasing the disease-free period and minimizing the use of chemical drugs.

Self-Help

  • Follow your doctor’s advice. Don’t stop taking daily medication because you feel better. Monitor your health daily
  • If you smoke, quit smoking. Tobacco smoke is one of the most common triggers of asthma
  • Keep the house as dust-free as possible. Dust is a common asthma trigger
  • If you can, remove carpets and heavy draperies. They’re dust-catchers that easily breed dust mites, another trigger for asthma
  • Vacuum-clean your mattress twice a week. Mattresses and pillows can harbour dust and mites
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf in cold weather, which is yet another common asthma trigger
  • Mould is another common allergen that triggers asthma. Keep moulds in check. Dry wet laundry immediately; wash and disinfect bathrooms and showers regularly
  • Pet dander can trigger asthma symptoms; minimise your exposure to dander
  • Artificially flavoured and coloured foods and drinks are one of the most common triggers of childhood asthma. Avoid their intake.
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