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Homeopathy eases asthmatic distress effectively

Anil, a 19-year-old college student, was suffering from chronic asthma for nearly ten years. He was tired of using inhalers and steroids and occasional injections to combat acute attacks. His regular activities were hampered to such an extent that his absenteeism affected his studies. Because of this, he was depressed and desperate. During case-analysis, we found that, strangely, he felt better when he bent his head backwards, and not forwards as is the case with most asthmatics. Based on this unusual symptom, we prescribed him Hepar Sulphuricum. The medicine relieved him of his breathlessness and extended his symptom-free periods. He also got better grades.

 

Generally, asthmatics cough and feel breathless; they also usually feel better when they bend forwards. Here was a case, which was unique with its unusual modality — the patient felt better when he was bending backwards. This is the beauty and peculiarity of homeopathy. It treats the person, not the disease in isolation, while looking into the finer aspects of the individual’s symptom-picture, characteristics and presentation. It analyses hereditary factors and environmental triggers too — to complete the individual’s constitutional portrait — while stimulating their immunity by treating the cause of the illness, and not just the illness state.

 

For instance, the homeopathic remedy, Pothos Foetidus is useful for asthma triggered by dust allergy. Natrum Muriaticum is, likewise, effective in asthma caused by emotional distress. Arsenicum Album is as much useful for asthma, which is worse in winter, just as much as Natrum Sulphuricum is effective for asthma that erupts distressingly during monsoon, or wet weather.

 

There are also a handful of supplementary “to-do’s” that you’d incorporate to control, or manage, asthma. Try to keep your home as dust-free as possible, because dust is a common asthma trigger. Vacuum-clean your mattress, twice a week. Mattresses and pillows can harbour mites, which can “activate” asthma. Also, cover your mouth and nose with a scarf in cold weather, another common asthma trigger. Pet dander can trigger asthma symptoms too. Limit your exposure to dander. Also, dry wet laundry immediately; wash and disinfect bathrooms and showers regularly. Besides, avoid artificially flavoured and coloured foods and drinks, a common trigger of childhood asthma.

 

---Excerpted from the new bestseller, Healing with Homeopathy, by Dr Mukesh Batra. The book is available at all leading bookstores and Dr Batra’s Clinics.