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Asthma

Asthma (reactive airway disease) affects an estimated 34 million people in the U.S. Find in-depth asthma information, including treatments, triggers, and prevention
Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of airways which is characterized by increased responsiveness of tracheobronchial tree against multiple stimuli.There occur episodes attacks of marked narrowing of the air passage which is clinically manifested as 

Dysnoea -shortness of breath or breathlessness
Wheezing- whistling sound made while breathing.
Cough

Most of the attacks are self limiting, patient becomes asymptomatic after the attack.however sometimes acute attack may persist for long and then it is known as status asthmaticus.

Type of Asthma

Allergic Asthma/Extrinsic Asthma: This occurs in young, patient has other symptoms of allergy in form of flowing nose, nasal discharge (rhinitis), skin eruptions etc
the precipitating causes of allergic asthma are allergens like dust and pollen grains.

Intrinsic asthma/Idiosyncratic asthma: It is present in patients, usually more than thirty years of age. The precipitating causes are:

Stress, exercise, infection and drugs

Signs and Symptoms :

The patient presents with Breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. The cough is mostly dry but it may be productive in some patients.

Patho physiology of asthma.
Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination genetic and environmental factors. There occur inflammatory change s in the lungs which leads to

  • Oedema.
  • Formation
  • Hyperplasia of mucosal of lungs
  • Excessive constriction of the tract

Investigation of asthma 

Blood test: (TLC, DLC, Hemoglobin, ESR) Mostly normal but sometimes eosinophil count increase.
X-ray: X-ray is normal between the attacks but during the attack there may be indication of hyper inflated lungs.
Spirometry : Confirmation of asthma is done by spirometry.
Sputum examination : In case of asthma there are charcoat Layden Crystals and Crushman's spirals are present in asthma.

Homeopathic treatment


Blatta orientalis

Interestingly, asthma sufferers who benefit from this remedy may complain that their condition is worse in mouldy, damp environments. There may also be an allergy or sensitivity to moulds, mildew and rotting leaves. This group of people comment that exertion and ascending tend to aggravate their symptoms although this can be a general finding in asthma.

Ipecacuanha

If asthma is associated with nausea and/or vomiting then Ipecacuanha could be indicated. In terms of homeopathy Ipecac patients present with a constant cough with gagging and vomiting. The chest may rattle and the patient complains that the symptoms are worse in warm humid weather and that heat generally makes her feel worse. She therefore may prefer sitting up by an open window to get some air. The hands and feet are cold and perspire profusely. Ipecac is recognised as a remedy for childhood asthmatic crisis. Prompt medical intervention is obviously indicated well before a child reaches this stage of illness.

Lobelia inflata

Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco) derives from a common American plant, which has small blue flowers and inflated capsules. The “inflation” of the capsules could serve as a symbol of the type of asthma that this remedy helps.

Antimonium tartaricum

Sambucus nigra

Natrum sulphuricum

Medorrhinum

This can be very valuable in the treatment of childhood asthma, particularly where asthma and eczema may also be combined. The shortness of breath is reputed to be better when the child kneels on the bed curled up with the chest touching the knees (knee-chest position). Wet weather makes the asthma worse but being at the seaside improves it.

Tuberculinum

This is a useful remedy for asthma sufferers as it helps build up the immune system to try to prevent recurrent colds and chest infections which may precipitate asthma attacks.

Characteristics and guiding symptoms of some medicines used in this disease are described below:
1. Antim tart : when fine mucus rales are present throughout the chest which is full of phlegmata with amel. By expectoration, fanning and sours. Desires for inability to expectorate.
sours and aversion to milk. The patient is very chilly, angry, weak and drowsiness.
2. Arsenic alb : Attack after midnight, midday and cold, great anguish and restlessness, cannot
lie down for fear of suffocation. The patient is chilly, very much weak and takes small quantities of water frequently. Sudden threatening suffocation, symptoms aggravated
3. Ipecac : wheezing, dyspnoea, by motion; cough causes gagging and vomiting. The cold perspiration. The patient is chilly, with clean extremities are covered with tongue and thirstlessness.
4. Kali bich : The attacks come at about 3 or 4 O’clock in the morning, cold and periodically
and compel the patient to get up to breathe. Bending forward relieves, and so does the
expectoration, the patient is very chilly. Alternative phlegmatic conditions and rheumatism.
5. Lycopodium : When there is much abdominal irritation along with much ?atulence, and the
patient generally oppressed for breath and is relieved by belching. Agg. from 4 p.m. —— 8 p.m.
Amel. By warm food and drinks. Desires for sweet and warm foods. It is greedy, angry, lazy
and chilly.
6. Natrum sulph : Moist asthma, great deal of rattling in chest, worse on change from warm to
damp weather and milk and watery foods. Attacks come at about 4 to 5 O’clock in the
moming, the patient must sit up and hold the chest during the attack. The patient is hot.
7. Nux vom : When asthmatic attacks are brought on by gastric disturbances, with constricted
feeling of lower part of chest. Ineffectual and unsatisfactions stool. The patient is very chilly,
angry and oversensitive.

Diet and Regimen

• Take Light Nutritious diet
• Avoid excited/ allergic food e.g. beef, Hilsha, Prown, fry Fish cold drink and cold-icy food.
• Avoid dust draft and damp weather.

Updated: February, 17 2015

Comments (2)

  1. Muralidhar Mar 1 2015 7:50AM Reply
    Its really helpful information that helps me to a large extent in terms of awareness and spreading fruitful information to the needy.
    • Dr. Shivani VermaApr 5 2015 6:34PMReply
      Thank You...

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