According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 1 in 12 people have asthma, and this statistic keeps growing. The symptoms, such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing, can be triggered by many everyday activities. Anything that gets the heart rate up a bit, like going upstairs or walking, can cause an onset of symptoms. Other allergies sometimes cause asthma, and attacks can be brought on by things like pollen, animal hair and house dust. Conditions such as eczema and hay fever often go hand-in-hand with asthma.
A conventional asthma treatment, medicine is usually administered via an inhaler. There are a few varieties, from bronchodilator inhalers to steroid inhalers. But for some people, these can have side effects, or they may prefer to avoid the chemicals found in asthma treatment medicines. Homeopathic remedies take a holistic and natural approach to healing and can be used as a method of asthma treatment. Homeopathic treatment usually takes place alongside conventional medicines, but with regular use of homeopathic treatments, use of the inhaler can be dramatically reduced.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a holistic approach to medicine which triggers the body’s own healing methods. Homeopathic remedies are derived from all-natural substances, but it is different from herbal medicine.
How can homeopathic remedies help my asthma?
There are many different homeopathic asthma treatments available. The asthma treatment you use should ideally be matched not only to your symptoms but also to you as a person – your psyche and the way you live. This is called your Similimum, and you can visit a homeopath to help determine your personal Similimum.
A homeopath will ask about your diet, lifestyle, emotional state, and overall wellbeing, as well as asking about any existing conditions and allergies you are aware of. Remedies will then be chosen to help you to heal, but it is also possible to treat the symptoms or the causes of asthma and this can be done in cases where it is not possible to determine a Similimum. So, a remedy can be given to treat your allergy or your cough, for instance.
Can diet and supplements help my asthma?
Many foods have natural anti-inflammatory properties. These can be eaten in their natural form, or taken as a supplement, and help to relieve lung inflammation. Improving your diet can be a good place to start when healing the body, and homeopathic remedies can be used to aid healing and target specific symptoms and causes. Click here to read about our pharmaceutical grade supplements.
Inhaling steam is a natural way to loosen up mucus and clear the airways. Adding a few drops of peppermint oil or a few caraway seeds can boost the effects but avoid using peppermint alongside other homeopathic treatments as it is a known antidote for many remedies.
The best homeopathic treatments for asthma
Antimonium Tartaricum: Used as an asthma treatment for children and the elderly who present a very loose, rattling cough that worsens at night when lying down.
Spongia Tosta: This can be given to patients with dry passages who present a dry, barking or a hacking cough. They may also experience whistling in the chest when inhaling and find that warm drinks offer some relief.
Arsenicum Album: An asthma treatment for sufferers who experience high anxiety and irritability. Patients may struggle with wheezing and shortness of breath, and often complain of eczema or skin rashes.
Lobelia Inflata: Also known as Indian Tobacco, this asthma treatment is for patients who complain of short respiration accompanied by a cough. It is also effective in asthma patients who smoke.
Nux Vomica: If you have a wheezing cough and struggle for breath in the cold winter months, this may be the best asthma treatment for you.
Ipecac: Particularly used in children who suffer excessive coughing that produces mucus and lead to retching and vomiting.
Pulsatilla: An asthma treatment to heal patients with a very loose cough that expels a green discharge.
An assessment is required to select the right homeopathic asthma treatment for you. You can contact us to book an appointment with one of our experienced homeopaths here. By incorporating homeopathic asthma treatments with your regular health care, you will be on the road to recovery in no time!