Asthma

Homeopathic approach to chronic asthma is constitutional. If attacks are allergen-caused, homeopathy offers allergens in homeopathic potency, i.e. Cat’s hair 6c hourly before and during exposure. The remedies listed below are for use in acute attacks; however, if symptoms do not wear off within 12 hours, see your medical doctor. If symptoms worsen, consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 2 hours.

Specific remedies to be taken every 15 minutes for up to 10 doses

   Attack comes on between midnight and 2 am, person very anxious, restless, and chilly, thirsty for sips of water, feels better sitting up Arsenicum 30c

   Small amounts of phlegm coughed up, persistent nausea and perhaps vomiting, chest feels as if there is a heavy weight on it Ipecac. 30c

   Asthma bad between 2-4 am, person gets up and sits with face on knees, looks pale and tired, feels chilly Kali carb. 30c

   Exhaustion, weakness, mucus in lungs cannot be coughed up and causes rattly breathing, skin pale, cold, and clammy Antimonium tart. 30c

   Muscle spasms in lungs and in rest of body, vomiting after each spasm Cuprum 30c

   Asthma particularly bad after digestive upset and around 4 am Nux 30c

   Asthma worse in damp conditions, often associated with early morning diarrhoea Natrum sulph. 30c

   Attack comes on suddenly, especially after exposure to cold dry wind, anxiety and fear of dying, particularly if attack occurs at night Aconite 30c

   Tight, constricted feeling in throat made worse by anything worn around neck, person sits hunched forward, asthma particularly bad in morning on waking Lachesis 30c

   Attack comes on after grief or break-up of love affair Ignatia 30c

   Asthma improves in damp conditions Hepar sulph. 30c

Self-help

During an attack, sit with elbows resting on the back of a chair – this lifts upper part of ribcage and makes it easier to exhale. Check for allergies to pollen, food, beverages, and pollutants in your home or work environment. If asthma is bad at night and early in the morning, you may be allergic to house dust mites; since these live on shed skin, they thrive in mattresses and bedclothes. Remove sheets and blankets from bed, thoroughly vacuum mattress, put an airtight plastic cover on mattress, then cover this with two or three clean blankets, clean undersheet, clean sheets, etc. Keep bedroom as dust-free as possible – this may mean removing books, soft toys, and even carpets, putting a fine screen over open windows. Invest in a humidifier – dry air only increases breathing difficulties.

If you are allergic to feathers, use polyester-filled pillows and duvets. If you are allergic to pet hairs, and cannot contemplate living without pets, periodically remove pets from the house for a day or two and thoroughly clean house from top to bottom, using a Hydromist cleaner to remove hairs from carpets, curtains, cushions, and furniture. If you have a partner who smokes, try to limit his or her smoking to one room in the house; at work, agitate for smoke-free zones.

When exercising breathe through the nose and not of the mouth. Swimming seems to be the best exercise . Take care when lighting fires. Don’t go to bed on a full stomach and try propping up the bed on a couple of bricks. Try avoiding milk, eggs, nuts, seafood, salt and food additives. Try Vitamin B6. An allergy to royal jelly has also been implicated.