Homeopathy: Childhood Bronchial Asthma And Its Cure

Homeopathy: Childhood Bronchial Asthma And Its Cure

Asthma is the most common cause of school absenteeism, accounting for an estimated 14 million missed school days

Dr Mukesh BatraUpdated: Sunday, November 12, 2023, 10:45 AM IST
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Asthma is the most common cause of school absenteeism, accounting for an estimated 14 million missed school days. Around 3.3% of children are affected by childhood bronchial asthma in India.

Triggers of asthma

According to studies, viruses tend to infect the lungs, which is another potential root cause of asthma. Second-hand cigarette smoke is a significant and generally known cause of childhood asthma. It is also proven that toddlers of smokers are more inclined to develop asthma than children of nonsmokers.

Asthma is more prevalent in children aged one to 14 as a result of allergen exposure, environmental pollution, chemical exposure, hereditary factors, dietary choices, and antibiotic usage. Asthma may be elicited by certain conditions such as cold or other respiratory infections, feeding might trigger asthma in infants, sturdy emotional reactions like crying or laughing, gastrointestinal reflux and changes, or extreme weather condition.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of asthma in children, particularly those under the age of five, can be difficult. This is because the

major symptoms of asthma like wheezing and coughing, can be caused by other illnesses in newborns and young children. Furthermore, diagnostic tests used to determine how well or normally someone is breathing cannot be used easily or accurately with children under the age of five.

There are a few symptoms that indicate a child might be suffering from asthma such as difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, wheezing, a high-pitched, whistle-like sound when exhaling and short periods of coughing and wheezing between periods of time with no symptoms. Frequent or chronic symptoms with episodes of worse wheezing and coughing and prevalent infections or allergies that might trigger seasonal changes are also key signs of asthma.

If a child is gasping for air, inhaling so hard that the abdomen is sucked under the ribs, or has difficulty speaking due to limited breathing, parents should seek immediate medical attention. These are the symptoms of severe asthma, which can be fatal.

Homeopathic treatment

Homeopathic remedies take a holistic approach while treating children with asthma. It investigates not only the symptoms experienced by a child during an attack, but also all the changes and variations that occur on the physical, mental, and emotional levels. Homeopathic treatment of asthma considers both genetic and environmental triggers, while activating immunity by treating the source of the sickness rather than just the illness state or diagnosis.

A study conducted in India on a group of children suffering from clinically-defined asthma, who had previously been treated unsuccessfully with conventional medicine, showed significant benefits with the use of individually-prescribed homeopathic remedies for a period of two years — with reduced recurrence of asthma attacks. Results were assessed to measure the severity of Dyspnoea. At the end of the allotted two-year period, the results were analysed. It was found that asthma was controlled in 60.5% of children who’d been treated with homeopathy, while ‘some control’ was achieved in a further 21%. The homeopathic remedies used in the study were Arsenicum Album, Mercurius Solubilis, Hepar Sulphuricum, Arsenicum Iodum, Antimonium Tartaricum, Pulsatilla and Calcarea Carbonicum.

A few of the often prescribed homeopathy medicines for the condition includes, Antimonium Tart, which helps patients who wake up in the middle of the night with severe respiratory problems, Arsenic Album cures bouts of suffocation and stops coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. Spongia Tosta is good for patients with a deep or barking cough.  Similarly, Ipecac is recommended for wheezing and breathing problems that get worse with movement, and Natrum Sulph is given to patients with a chronic cough with green expectoration. These homeopathic remedies should be on hand because asthma episodes occur more frequently and worsen between 4 am and 5 am.

By treating a child with homeopathic remedies for asthma, the symptoms are far more likely to reduce and clear completely over a period of time.

(Dr Mukesh Batra is the founder of Dr Batra’s group of companies, a chain of homeopathy clinics in six countries and an FMCG brand)

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