It is a syndrome in which there is chronic obstruction to air flow. Obstruction is because of narrowing of air passages, clinically it shows cough, breathlessness and wheezing. It is a chronic disease with acute episodes. These attacks may last from few minutes to few hours. In unusual circumstances acute episode can cause death.
Prevalence & Causative Factor
Asthma is a very common disease with immense social impact. Prevalence of asthma is rising in many parts of world. It is increasing due to pollution and actual increase due to population is also a part of it. It occurs in all ages but predominantly early life. About half of cases develop before age ten years.
In such childhood asthma homoeopathy can give much better results. Because there are lot of things after which there may be beginning of asthma like dentition period, after vaccination, e.t.c., which are taken in to consideration by homoeopathy.
One third of rest of cases develops after age 40. In childhood ratio of male / female is 2 : 1 and after age 30, becomes same. For females in post menopausal age ( which generally starts around 40 yrs of age ) medicines are available in homoeopathy. Genetic factors & Viruses, occupational Exposures & Allergens contribute to initiation and continuance. Family History of personal or Family History of Allergic diseases such as Rhinitis, Urticaria & Eczema.
In homoeopathy preventive measures can be taken , so that it should not get transmitted in next generation, according to the severity of family history, results may vary. In other type when there is no history of allergy it is an Idiosyncratic asthma. In homoeopathy ,for such cases , there are promising results.
Factors that initiate asthama (allergic)
Pharmacological Stimuli: Aspirin, coloring agents as Tartrazine, NSAID’s (Ibuprofen) etc.
Sulfating Agents: Widely used in Pharmaceuticals for sanitizing and preservative agents. Etc.
Sulfating Agents: Salads, Fruits, Potatoes, Shell fish, few type of Wines. Etc.
Environment: Climatic conditions such as Rainy, winter seasons. Etc.
Pharmacological Stimuli:Aspirin, coloring agents as Tartrazine, NSAID’s (Ibuprofen) etc.
Heavy Industrial Zones, densely populated urban areas, Ozone, Nitrogen-dioxide Sulphur-dioxide. Etc.
Occupational Factors: Large number of chemicals used in industrial belts which are high molecular weight compounds which induces asthma. Wood dust vegetable dust of coffee, beans, grains. Laundry detergents / various dyes. Low molecular weight compounds of metals (platinum, nickel, chrome) Plastics (Toluene) Formaldehyde, Urea Formaldehyde. Animal, Insect dust, Secretions. (Lab Animals, Chicken, Crabs, Prawns, Oysters, Flies, Bees).
Infections: Mostly Viral infections E.g. Influenza, Para influenza, Rhino Virus Etc.
Exercise: Post over exertional airway obstruction like tracking, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, (Cold Air).
Emotional Stress: It is not much verified but may vary from patient to patient.
Dyspnea (Difficulty in respiration) where respiration becomes prominent
Cough ini tially non productive, later on thick stringy mucus comes out.
heezing (Audibly harsh sound)
Tachypnea (Increase number of respiratory movements, normal respiration rate is 12- 16/ min. it may increase up to 40 & above.) Tachycardia (Increase in Pulse rate) Some times may complain of intermittent episode of non productive cough or exertional dyspnea. Cough in the Night where patient gets up is indication of poor control of asthma. Usually acute episode starts with sneezing, watery nasal discharge, followed by cough.
Investigations commonly suggested is spirometry which often shows air flow obstructions.
Other lab tests Blood test is usually not helpful specific IgE measurements for inhaled allergens or allergy skin testing may assists in determining allergic triggers. Eosinophilic count can be helpful.
X-ray Chest is usually normal but can be helpful to some extent.
Why & how Homeopathy Works on asthma?
Now in densely populated urban area every body is expose to the same environment & same climate but only few people suffers from asthma.
It is not only the problem of narrowed air passages or production of excess mucus. But it is the problem of increased response of the body towards allergens.
This excess of response can be bringing back to normal level by homeopathic medicine.
Is it possible to prevent asthma getting transmitted in next generation?
The most important thing in homoeopathy, which we consider is the beginning of asthma. Because, there are some things which activates asthma in the person who is living normal life till beginning of asthma. Very few cases it starts suddenly, where to find out the cause is very difficult. But still in such cases prognosis is good. In many cases there is some history of previous disease, e.g. skin eruptions treated by some ointments by local applications, jaundice , typhoid fever, malaria , during teething( in childhood) , vaccinations, after epilepsy ,at puberty, after menopause, emotional stress like financial loss, or loss of some body, with whom there was deep emotional relationship, different climatic conditions such as seashore (humid), dry & cold, warm climate e.t.c. where medicines vary for every conditions. All major & minor causes taken into considerations, which yield better output. Furthermore family history is equally important, where the history guides about the initiation of asthma & depth of asthma.
In cases where history of asthma is in family , some measures can be taken early to prevent it from getting transmitting in the next generation.
For the treatment, we consider the constitution of the patient.
This constitution can be derived by many major & minor details of the patient. For e.g. Age, Sex, Past History, Family History, Personal History, etc.
According to all above details the most suitable medicine is prescribed for it, which gives successful results, by bringing the responses to normal level, where every thing will be in harmony which is called as HEALTH.