Homeopathy for Asthma
Asthma can range from mildly irritating to debilitating and even life-threatening. It affects over 20 million people at any given time according to the CDC. Many people are exploring natural alternative methods of dealing with their asthma, including herbs, acupuncture, and homeopathy.
If you are looking to use a homeopathic for asthma, it is important to understand how they work and how the correct remedy is selected. Over 300 homeopathic remedies for asthma have been identified, although some are used far more often than others. The most common include natrum sulphuricum, pulsatilla, phosphorus, arsenicum album, ipecac, and carbo vegetabilis.
Homeopaths caution that homeopathic asthma treatment does not always produce immediate results, and that conventional medication may interfere with or reduce the effectiveness of homeopathy remedies. However, microdoses of homeopathic remedies can also strengthen the body’s defenses to improve the condition of an asthmatic person overall.
Types of Homeopathic for Asthma
It is important to realize that the correct homeopathic remedy should be chosen based on the specific characteristics of an individual’s asthma; all homeopathics for asthma are not equal. A homeopathic practitioner will want to know what makes the person’s symptoms worse, what specific symptoms occur, and even at what time of day attacks are commonly experienced. He or she may also take note of the patient’s physique and general temperament for consideration in selecting the proper remedy.
Natrum sulphuricum or Nat sulph is one of the most common asthma remedies and has been shown to have no side effects and not to interact negatively with prescription medicines for asthma. It is recommended when asthma attacks are brought on by cold, mold, dampness or exertion, or when it is exacerbated in those conditions. It is often indicated for children.
Ipecacuanha or Ipecac may be recommended for someone whose symptoms are made worse by heat, dampness and exertion. It also may be indicated for acute attacks and can be used for children. Arsenicum and Carbo vegetabilis are effective for the aged. Aconitum napellus may be recommended for sudden attacks, especially if caused by cold air and resulting in anxiety.
Homeopaths stress the importance of working with a practitioner to be sure you find the correct remedy for your situation as well as the right dosage. For long term treatment of your asthma, you will want to find a homeopath you can work with. In an acute situation or to begin using homeopathy for relief before you can get an appointment with your chosen practitioner, you should start with a single dose of the lowest strength (6c, 6x or 12c) of the remedy that is recommended for your particular symptoms and situation. If you don’t experience any improvement after 30 minutes, you can try increasing the strength. If you do get relief, simply wait until no more improvement occurs, then take another dose.
For anyone looking for alternative means of dealing with asthma or seeking to reduce their reliance on long-term use of bronchodilators and steroids, homeopathy is an option that is worth considering. Just be sure to work with your qualified practitioner to get the best possible care.
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Sources & Resources
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The American Institute of Homeopathy Handbook for Parents: A Guide to Healthy Treatment for Everything from Colds and Allergies to ADHD, Obesity, and Depression, Edward Shalts
Homeopathic Remedies: Your Easy-to-Use Guide to Common Disorders and Their Homeopathic Treatments, Asa Hershoff and Jane Seymour
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Homeopathy, David Sollars
Healing Without Medication: A Comprehensive Guide to the Complementary Techniques Anyone Can Use to Achieve Real Healing, Robert S. Rister
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