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Asthma and its Homeopathic Remedies

 

Dr. M. Ahmed

M.Sc. (D.U.), M.Sc. (P.U. Pak.)

D.H.M.S. (Dhaka), E.O.R.D. (India), R.C.E.P.T. (Japan)

Board Member, Bangladesh Homeopathy Board, Govt. of Bangladesh

Vice–Chairman, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies in Homeopathy (BCASH)

Country Representative, World Homeopathy Awareness Organization, Germany

 

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. This inflammation often causes recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing, mostly at night or in early morning. This is often linked to allergies, heredity and various environmental factors causing increased airway inflammation and resulting in recurring attacks of wheezing, coughing, chest constriction & labored breathing. Asthma symptoms varies from patient to patient, but most typical symptoms are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in chest

 

Classification of Asthma:

Generally Asthma can be classified as 1) Bronchial Asthma, 2) Cardiac Asthma and 3) Spasmodic Asthma. But according to causative factors asthma can be classified as a) Allergic or atopic asthma (sometimes called extrinsic asthma) is due to an allergy to antigens; usually the offending allergens are suspended in the air in the form of pollen, dust, smoke, automobile exhaust, or animal dander. More than half of the cases of asthma in children and young adults are of this type. b) Intrinsic asthma is usually secondary to chronic or recurrent infections of the bronchi, sinuses, or tonsils and adenoids. There is evidence that this type develops from a hypersensitivity to the bacteria or, more commonly, viruses causing the infection. Attacks can be precipitated by infections, emotional factors, and exposure to nonspecific irritants. And c) mixed, is due to a combination of extrinsic and intrinsic factors.

Source: Medical Dictionary

 

Major Diagnostic Symptoms of Asthma

a) Recurrent wheeze ( Respiratory distress), b)  wheeze following playing or physical activities ( Respiratory distress) , c) Chronic night or early morning cough ( causes awaking the child),  d) Chronic unproductive cough without apparent cause, e) wheeze or cough when exposed to dust ( Respiratory distress), f) Associated atopic problems of allergic rhinitis, allergic, g) conjunctivitis and atopic dermatitis , h) Family history of  asthma is positive) , i) serum IgE level is elevated & j} Air flow obstruction 

 

Brief Overview of Asthma in Bangladesh:

Asthma is a common respiratory disease in Bangladesh with significant morbidity and mortality. Out of seven million asthmatics including four million children, 4,000 die of it every year. Modern management, which is available in the country now, could prevent 80 percent of deaths( New Nation 2003) According to    National Asthma Survey of Bangladesh (1999) 0.7 million peoples are suffering from asthma of which 0.4 million are children.

Usually big cities like Dhaka and Chittagong are exposed to asthma because of massive air pollution and industrial and automobile exhaust, but recently coastal areas have showed sharp rise of asthma cases due to lung infections, allergy and pneumonia, the physicians said quoting a study.

Around nine percent of the islanders and offshore poor people of Patuakhali, Bhola, Laxmipur, Noakhali, Feni, Khulna, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar districts have become susceptible to asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) due to heavily indoor pollution, (New nation 2003) Pneumonia was the only respiratory disease in the coastal areas, but bronchiolitis and asthma are now included in the list of respiratory diseases. According to Institute of Diseases of Chest and Hospital (IDCH) indoor pollution was very high in the coastal belt while the outdoor pollution was minimal. A study conducted by Asthma Association reveals that smoking by the coastal parents, inhalation of smoke from cooking burners and fluctuation of temperatures owing to cyclone and storms have been contributing significantly for spreading child asthma in those areas.

Homeopathic Remedies of Asthma:

The general homeopathic remedies for asthma include: Ipecac, Ars. alb., Ars iod., Blata orient., Aralia racemosa, Nat. Sulph, Antim tart., Kali bich., Apis mel.  Iberis. Conval. , Naja, Passiflora etc depending on the overall symptoms. However a short matrix on nature of asthma attack vis-à-vis homeo remedies is given below:

Nature  of Asthma Attack 

Homeopathic Remedies

Asthma  attacks in winter; ; 

Ipecac,  Carbo Veg.

Nettle rash like skin out-breaks alternating with asthma

Caladium seg

Causing Constriction of chest and tension

Ledum pal.

When Walking against wind

Cuprum  Met

Due to stress , aggravate by ice water, cold drinks and icy cold foods

Ars. alb

After vaccination

Thuja

Spasmodic asthma

Lobelia inf.

Periodic attack of Asthma

Ars. alb.

Asthma attack with intermittent fever

Mezerium

From fatty degeneration of heart; Respiration; Kali Bich.

Arnica Mont

asthma attack; after sexual intercourse; ;

Kalibich.

From catching cold;

Spongia tosta

Hydrogenoid constitution , Asthma aggravates in rainy season or in moist condition

Natrum sulph

Asthma  with dry cough

Aralia racemosa

 

 

Conclusion:

 

A proper resistance can be built against asthma if appropriate measures are taken to prevent air pollution, lung infections and allergy. Setting up of regular air quality monitoring system and implementation of effective air quality management plan (outdoor and indoor pollution) is needed. Periodic survey on causal factors of asthma and establishment of a proper  national monitoring cell on asthma will be of great value in minimizing asthma.

 

References:

 

Ahmed, M.2000. "Air Pollution and its Impact on Respiratory Diseases in Bangladesh", International Conference on Environmental & Occupational Respiratory Diseases, 29 Oct-2 Nov, 2000, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Luck now, India

 

1Hassan RM, Kabir ARML, Mahmud AM et al. Self-reported asthma symptoms in children and adults in Bangladesh: findings of the National Asthma Prevalence Study. Int J Epidemiol 2002; 31:483–88

 

New Nation (2003). 9 pc Coastal People Suffer from Asthma (By BSS, Dhaka)

 

Salway and Nasim: “Levels, trends and causes of mortality in children below 5 years of age in Bangladesh:   findings from a national survey”, J Diarrhoeal Dis.Res.Sept.994, 12(3):187-193.

 

 

 

 

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