What Is Asthma?
Asthma or bronchial asthma is a chronic condition affecting the lungs wherein the recurring inflammation and narrowing of the airways (bronchi) result in the obstruction of airflow in response to the sensitivity to certain allergic or non-allergic factors. This makes breathing difficult and may trigger recurrent episodes of coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath
What Happens In Asthma? (Pathogenesis)
Asthma is nothing but hypersensitivity reaction of the immune system to certain allergens or other non-allergic factors.
Firstly, in a hypersensitive response, there occurs the constriction of smooth muscles and narrowing of the airways (bronchi). Then, the immune system responds to the allergens in the form of an inflammatory response by sending white blood cells and other immune factors to the airways.These factors lead to the swelling of the airways and an increase in the mucus secretion by the cells of the airways. Thick mucus plugs can further block the airways. This causes symptoms such as wheezing, tightness of the chest, coughing, and shortness of breath.
Allergens or Triggers of Asthma:
The response to triggers is different for each patient. It may vary from time to time in a person. Here is the list of allergens or triggers of asthma.
- Environmental factors: Allergens like pollens, grass, pet dander, house dust, dust mites, mold spores, or particles of cockroach waste, etc.
- Exposure to air pollutants or fumes
- Smoking or secondhand smoking (Passive Smokers)
- Infections: Respiratory infections like the common cold, sinusitis, etc.
- Physical activity, such as exercise, physical exertion, etc.
- Weather: Cold air, rainy or cloudy weather, a change of the weather
- Psychological factors: Strong emotions, such as anxiety, anger, crying, loud laughing, yelling, or stress, can trigger an asthma attack.
- Medications: Aspirin, NSAID, Beta-blockers, etc.
- Food allergens: A few patients may be allergic to eggs, milk, peanuts, soy, wheat, fish, salad, fruits, etc.
- Food additives: Preservatives added to food and beverages and processed foods.
- GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
- Occupation: Exposure to chemicals, dust, and industrial waste.
Homeopathic Treatment For Asthma:
Asthma is an expression in the form of symptoms at the level of the lungs due to the internal hypersensitive immune system, so it has to be treated at the root level by correcting the disease at the immunological level. Homeopathy believes in the same principle. It corrects asthma at the immunological level by correcting the hypersensitivity and by improving the healing capacity of the immune system
Being a chronic, recurrent disease, asthma requires long-term management. Homeopathy is very effective for the long-term management of asthma, as homeopathic medicines do not have any side effects and do not cause any dependency.
It helps the patient to live a relatively attack-free or symptom-free period for a long time. As per the medical studies, patients who are on homeopathy live a much better life than those who are on bronchodilators or other conventional treatments for a long time.
Conventional treatment like cortisone or bronchodilators helps treat acute attacks of asthma. However, for reducing the recurrence, duration, and intensity of acute attacks of asthma, homeopathy works wonderfully. Homeopathy has changed the life of many who suffered from this chronic disease.
For children suffering from asthma, homeopathy is a blessing. It helps in reducing the number of attacks, the duration of acute attacks, and the intensity of attacks. It also reduces the dependency on inhaled cortisone and other bronchodilators.
How homeopathy can help in treating asthma?
- Asthma results from oversensitivity (hypersensitivity) of the immune system. Homeopathy works by reducing the body’s over-sensitivity and treating the disease at a deeper level.
- Homeopathy corrects your body’s immunity and hence reduces the body’s tendency to catch a frequent cold and cough, recurrent throat infections, etc. Hence, it improves the general health of the patient.
- Homeopathic medicines reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of acute asthma attacks.
- Initially, homeopathy can be taken along with conventional medicines.
- When taken regularly over a period, homeopathic medicines may reduce the frequent need for conventional medicines, such as inhalers, bronchodilators, cortisone, or antibiotics.
- It helps the patient to live an attack-free phase for a long time, as it produces long-lasting results.
- Homeopathic treatment is absolutely safe, non-toxic, and non-habit-forming and hence can be taken as a part of the long-term management of asthma.
Duration of treatment:
Many patients experience a definite change in about initial 4-5 months of the homeopathic treatment, but the total duration of treatment varies from patient to patient depending on the following factors:
- The duration of illness: Since how long has the patient been suffering from asthma?
- The severity of the disease
- Frequency, intensity, and duration of acute attacks of asthma.
- Genetic factors: A family history of asthma or other respiratory or allergic illnesses.
- The presence of or sensitivity to environmental factors, such as exposure to dust, allergens, industrial pollution, chemicals, smoking, etc.
- The general health of the patient.
- Previous and current use of medications, such as inhalers, bronchodilators, cortisone, antibiotics, etc.
- The presence of associated diseases, such as eczema, allergies, bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis, heart diseases, etc.