These herbs are believed to help remove mucous from the lungs, reduce wheezing and shortness of breath, open the air passages, tone nerves in the chest and ease spasmodic coughing .
Most major homeopathic remedies may be used for asthma, depending upon the patient’s symptoms.
Homeopathy attempts to cure asthma by helping the body to heal itself.
Some remedies include:
- Aconitum napellus, which is indicated when the patient is cold in temperature, fearful and impatient and imagining terrible things to come. The attacks come on suddenly and are worse at night and in a warm room, but are better with rest and fresh air.
- Arsenicum album, which is indicated when the patient is anguished, restless and cold in temperature. Symptoms include fear and weakness and are worse at night.
- Bryonia alba, which is indicated when the patient is irritable and angry, thirsty and warm. There is little phlegm, and the wheezing noises sound “dry.” The symptoms are worse in the morning and in warm weather and are better with rest, cold drinks and cool temperatures.
- Chamomilla, which is indicated when the patient is irritated and whiny or if the asthma attack begins when the patient is or has recently been angry.
- Ipecacuanha, which is indicated when the patient is pale, feeble, irritable and miserable. A great deal of phlegm has accumulated in the chest, symptoms are severe, the patient coughs frequently, is nauseated and vomits. Dampness and warmth make the symptoms worse.
- Kali bichromicum, which is indicated when the patient is obese, flabby and cold. The tongue may be yellow coated or red, dry and cracked. Heat helps to relieve the symptoms, which are worse with cold and at night.
- Natrum muriaticum, which is indicated when the patient is weak, depressed, grieving, frightened or angry. Dampness worsens the asthma, which is often associated with early morning diarrhea.
- Phosphorus, which is indicated when the patient is sensitive and perceptive, yet fearful. Although often lazy, the patient is given to bouts of great mental or physical exertion, which leaves him or her exhausted. He or she may suffer from burning chest pain and difficulty in breathing. The symptoms are worse in the evening or with physical or mental exertion. Rest and cold foods and drink provide some relief.
- Pulsatilla, which is indicated when the patient is timid, emotional and gentle. His or her wheezing begins or worsens at night and is often worse after eating (especially after eating rich or fatty foods).
Relief from symptoms of an asthma attack may begin to occur within 30 minutes to an hour. According to classical homeopathic theory, two or three days should be enough to begin the long-term curative process, assuming the right remedy has been used. If not, another remedy is selected. Thus, the length of treatment will depend on how well the homeopath analyzes the patient’s “portrait” and determines the proper treatment.