The incidence of childhood asthma continues to rise year after year, and according to figures from Asthma UK, 5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving ongoing treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12). There are a large number of triggers and causative factors which contribute to this continued increase – including pollution, diet and allergies, as well as emotional trauma and inherited factors, but increasing vaccination schedules are also strongly implicated (many of which are now given earlier to children whose lungs and immune system are not yet fully developed), as well as the suppression of skin complaints (with topical steroids, for example), leading to deeper problems.
Homeopathic treatment is effective in relieving acute flare ups of the condition,and in healing the root cause of the disease, thereby reducing susceptibility to acute episodes of asthma in the future.
I see a great many children in my practice who have been diagnosed with asthma, as well as many adults who may have been coping with the condition for a number of years. It is vital to the success of homeopathic treatment to work with an experienced professional, and to stick with it through a course of treatment.
Homeopathy works by matching a very specific medicine to your individual symptoms. Everyone experiences their asthma differently – from the typical trigger factors, to the circumstances that make you feel worse, as well as the personal and medical history that preceded the onset of your condition. If you or your child already take prescribed asthma medication, it is very important to continue with this as prescribed. You can begin homeopathic treatment alongside conventional drug therapy, and reduce your dependence on these drugs as you improve.
Among the very many homeopathic remedies used in the treatment of asthma, those listed below are frequently indicated, depending on the whole picture of the symptoms. When I work with you to resolve a chronic health problem, my aim is to match the remedies I prescribe precisely to your experience of the condition.
Those needing Arsenicum album will find the attack comes on typically between midnight and 3am, and they feel better for sitting up. They are restless and anxious, sometimes experiencing a burning pain in the lungs, and when they cough up any mucus it will tend to look frothy.
In cases needing Phosphorus asthma tends to be worse in the morning and evening, with any sudden change of temperature (especially from warm to cold), and from lying on the left side. There may also be a tendency to night time asthma attacks with strong feelings of tightness and oppression in the chest. Individuals needing Phosphorus feel generally better for emotional warmth and company.
Kali carbonicum is a remedy which corresponds to asthma which is worse between 2am and 4am. Breathlessness may be accompanied by palpitations, and the asthma is markedly relieved by sitting up or bending forward. Individuals who would benefit from this remedy are typically down to earth and logical, yet may also be irritable and sensitive, and dislike to be alone.
I offer a free 20 minute initial Skype or telephone consultation to talk about your treatment. You can get in touch here to discuss how I can help you.