Homeopathic Treatment for Asthma - Long Term Control and Prevention

Asthma : Homeopathic Treatment

Dr.Nidhi Agarwal profile Authored by Dr.Nidhi Agarwal on 7 Nov 2014 - 14:54.

Asthma is a common condition affecting almost 5 percent of the world's population. It refers to an inflammation of the airways (bronchial tubes) causing excess secretion of mucus, which narrows the airways, making it difficult to breath normally and also causes coughing and wheezing.

The severity of asthma attacks may vary from mild to severe and may be life-threatening in some cases. Unfortunately, in spite of various conservative, conventional and natural approaches, asthma cannot be cured completely; however, its symptoms can be controlled. The condition is often associated with allergy from pollen grains, animal dander, pollutants and smoke etc. and also it may emerge from various respiratory infections, some medications, excess stress and certain underlying health conditions. It is important to know the probable cause or allergen to get the right and effective homeopathic treatment.

Are you the victim of chronic and long-term asthma and tired of trying conventional treatments? If yes, then jump into the ocean of nature’s options to control your asthma. Complementary and alternative approaches may include homeopathic treatments, dietary supplements, acupuncture, massage and physiotherapy, and chiropractic therapy.

The homeopathic approach for asthma may vary from person to person as per individual’s health. There are more than eighty homeopathic medicines available to manage various aspects of asthma. Here are some of the most preferred:

Blattaorientalis –It is a type of cockroach (night-active species) but interestingly it is used as a homeopathic remedy.  It is often considered in obese asthma patients and when linked to bronchitis. It also treats cough with shortness of breath. It is recommended to take its lowest potency dose during an attack and higher potency dose after the spasm.

Ipecacuanha – The potent preparation is made up of dry roots of Ipecacuanha which contains an active constituent called emetine. It is often prescribed in asthmatic patients with nausea and vomiting. Basically, ipecacunha acts as an expectorant and stimulates mucus secretion so that coughing will trouble too much. Moreover, it is also an effective approach to treating childhood asthma.

Lobelia inflata –It is a synonym for Indian tobacco, which has tiny flowers and capsules. It is effective in patients who face difficulty in breathing and have worked harder to take breath causing over-inflation of the lungs. It is also used in women who face a similar problem (asthma attack) during her labor. It is believed to work via its ability to stimulate vasomotor nerve and thus relax bronchial muscles.Additionally it also treats nausea, vomiting and indigestion.

Antimoniumtartaricum –It acts as emetic and expectorant in asthma patients and thus helps to expel extra mucus from the chest. In homoeopathy, it is used in small doses to avoid its adverse effects. It is usually effective and mostly preferred in cases where asthma is accompanied by any infection and excess mucus.

Sambucusnigra –It is used as a tincture which is mainly indicated in children suffering from asthma (heavy perspiration). The theory behind its use in asthma treatment is,its leaves and flower have chemical constituents that exert expectorant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-catarrha effects.

Natrumsulphuricum –It is used as a titrated form of sodium sulphate and obtained from sea water, saline springs, salt lakes, etc. It is indicated in both children as well as adults with asthma. It is believed to control several asthma symptoms, including hoarseness, rattling of mucus (continuous knocking sound), cough, chest pain and discomfort, etc.

Medorrhinum –This preparation is made up of urethral discharge obtained from a male patient who is suffering from gonorrhoea. It is very effective in cases where asthma is accompanied by eczema, especially in children. It is believed to treat copious catarrh by reducing the inflammation in the airways and thus the mucus secretion.  

Tuberculinum –It improves the immune power of an individual and thus prevents repetitive cold and other respiratory infections. In specific asthma patients, it is believed to control the symptoms like hard and dry cough, obstructed breathing, suffocation, cough, sweating and weight loss etc.

Arsenicum–It is often used to treat asthma attacks, especially after midnight. It is especially recommended in aged people with severe shortness of breath.  When it fails to offer relief, ipecac is usually prescribed.

Nux vomica - It is often indicated in patients having asthma associated with gastric problems and those who consume too much caffeine and alcohol. In fact, it is the most appropriate choice when one has constricted feeling in the lower chest. Alternatively, Zingiber can also be used.

Recommendations for long term control and prevention:

  • Decrease protein intake. Rather prefer animal protein
  • Avoid dairy products
  • Consume lots of fruits and vegetables (organic)
  • Avoid fried food
  • Use olive oil
  • Consume foods containing omega-3 fatty acid (fish, flake seeds etc.)
  • Drink lots of water regularly
  • Use ginger and turmeric in food
  • Avoid exposure to allergens that might trigger the asthma attack
  • Treat the conditions like gastric diseases immediately
  • Learn some mouth instruments
  • Do not smoke also avoid second hand smoke
  • Avoid foods with artificial additives like flavour, colour and sweetener
  • Exercise daily

Some important tips for exercise-induced asthma:

  • Do not skip warm up and do it slowly
  • Learn breath control exercises (pranayama)
  • Try to play sports and keep hobbies that have rest periods like golf, tennis, swimming, gardening and many more

 Dietary supplements for Asthma

  • Foods containing vitamin C and supplements (ex. Guava, tomato, orange, lemon etc)
  • Supplement containing mullein root
  • Omega-3 fatty acid supplements and foods
  • Holy basil leaves (tulsi leaves), much effective when taken early in the morning
  • Vitamin B6 supplement
  • Echinacea supplement
  • Manganese and food rich in manganese and supplements

Tips to follow while taking homeopathic medicines for asthma

  • Do not take any homeopathic medication without consulting your doctor.
  • Take the prescribed medicine as directed and in exact dosage.
  • Reach out to your doctor immediately if any adverse reaction is seen. Example: sleep disturbance, rashes, vomiting, arrhythmia, etc.
  • Select the brandscarefully. Have a glance at the ingredients, dosage, directions to use and manufacturing details before purchasing it.
*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.