(chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder)
is a chronic condition involving the respiratory system
in which the airway occasionally constricts and becomes
inflamed, with excessive amounts of mucus collecting
in the air passages. An acute episode is the attack
of wheezing, cough and breathlessness.
With the level of pollution, dust, pollens and smoke
in the cities asthma i s one of the most common respiratory
conditions in the cities today. Homeopathy addresses
the immunity and improves resistance to disease, making
Homeopathy the most effective treatment to cure asthma.
A family history of asthma, allergies or tuberculosis
may be a causative factor. Low immunity and frequent
respiratory infections is one of the major causative
factors for repeated infections that could lead to
In children, Asthma may be precipitated after the
suppression of a skin disease like eczema that has
been treated by a steroid, or where recurrent respiratory
infections have been treated with repeated strong
Dust mites, smoke, cockroaches, cats and dog’s
fur, certain foods, cold drinks, respiratory infections,
changes in weather and exercise are also triggers
• Cough, wheezing and mucous production are
the main symptoms of asthma.
• Wheezing usually begins suddenly and comes
in episodes which may be worse at night or in the
early morning; and gets worse with cold air and physical
• Cough with or without sputum (phlegm) production
Symptoms during a severe acute attack- Extreme difficulty
in breathing; Severe anxiety due to shortness of breath;
Decreased level of alertness.
• The cleaning of the house or the surroundings
should be done by wet mopping rather than sweeping,
wherever possible. This avoids the generation of allergen
aerosols which could act as a triggering factor.
• Steaming with plain warm water daily acts
as a preventive. In dry climates, keep an open vessel
of water in the room at night. This improves the moisture
levels and decreases the bronchial irritation.
• Common food allergens that tend to trigger
an asthma attack include eggs, fish, shellfish, milk,
chocolate, food preservatives and coloring.
• Foods that tend to produce mucous are milk
and diary products, rice, fried food and fats are
• Ginger juice mixed with fenugreek decoction
and honey helps in reducing the mucous.
• Dinner should preferably be finished at least
three hours before bedtime, as lying down immediately
after eating can cause irritation of the respiratory
tract and precipitate an attack.
• Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke.
• Avoid close contact with pets, as animal dander
is a trigger to asthma.
Adult and Children recover very well with short term
Homeopathic medication, and the use of inhalers can
be totally avoided. The treatment also effectively
addresses the appetite and growth issues in asthmatic
Immunity based constitutional treatment can reduce
and cure the tendency to attacks of asthma. This combined
with medication to strengthen the respiratory system,
can show very significant improvement within a short
period of time.
is caused by an oversensitive immune system, which
leads to a misdirected immune response. The immune
system normally protects the body against harmful
substances, such as bacteria and viruses. Histamine
and its related substances are responsible for mediating
the allergic response and causing the characteristic
symptoms of allergy, by reacting to substances or
allergens that are generally harmless and in most
people do not cause a problem.
Generally allergies can be classified as seasonal
allergies and perennial allergies.
Seasonal allergies occur during certain seasons
of the year. They are caused by inhaling microscopic
particles in the air and substances like pollen
released by plants, grasses and weeds.
Perennial allergies occur throughout the year. They
occur due to mould, fungi and dust found indoors
also by fur from cats and dogs and other pets.
Identifying the specific allergen- or the substance
which triggers the allergy is of help in certain
cases, where the substance can be avoided. In most
cases though, the substance is a part of the air
and the general environment, and are unavoidable
without major changes in lifestyle, like moving
out of a city to a different place. Specific allergens
can be pollen, dust mites, animal fur/hair- from
dogs or cats. Cigarette smoke is another big trigger.
Strong smell of perfume, or flowers; smoke from
agarbathis or crackers; and paint or turpentine
are strong triggers.
Allergies are also generally worse in dry cold climates,
and are typically better in humid or coastal climates.
With low humidity, the constant dryness can lead
to chronic respiratory conditions. Added to this
the increasing pollution and dust in most cities
only aggravates the condition.
Allergies- the symptoms
This may be typically allergic rhinitis, or allergic
• Frequent and continuous sneezing
• Watery nasal discharge
• Nasal obstruction or block
• Itching and watering of the eyes
• Swelling of eyelids
• Loss of sense of smell
• Throat irritation and dryness, with constant
clearing of the throat
• Dark rings around the eyes
• Dry cough with wheezing
• These symptoms may be accompanied by Fatigue,
sleeplessness and headaches.
When left untreated, the local irritation to the
respiratory system, can lead to chronic conditions
like nasal polyps, chronic bronchitis and asthma.
- Gargle with warm- hot water. Even if there is
no throat irritation, the steam that rises up from
the throat while gargling, will help with the nose
irritation and nose block.
Steam inhalation every night at bedtime, will clear
the nose block. This when done regularly, will help
cut down on the use of inhalers.
- Drink a glass of warm water first thing in the
morning and at bedtime. Have a good water intake
through the day.
- At night, keep an open vessel or bowl of hot
water close to where you sleep. The moisture level
in the room will combat the excess dryness and the
- Eat a citrus fruit (oranges, sweet lime etc.)
or drink its fresh juice daily. The vitamin C in
citrus fruits is very good for this condition. Adding
a few grains of pepper and salt to the juice will
prevent it from affecting the throat.
- Make a decoction of pepper with ginger and turmeric,
and drink once a day.
- Practicing pranayama can provide good relief.
It will help prevent nasal blocks. Regular and continued
practice is curative to the condition. Even simple
deep breathing techniques can improve the oxygenation
of the blood, and bring down the fatigue associated
with the allergies.
- Regular exercise routine can help the respiratory
system strengthen and the immunity to improve.
Homeopathic medicines are the one effective cure
for allergies, where the abnormal immune reactions
are brought down, and the over reaction or the allergic
reactions to normal substances are reduced.
The immunity treatment is done for a few months,
where the problem is chronic. When the immunity
Sinusitis is an infection of the para nasal sinuses
that occurs due to obstruction or bacterial growth.
Acute sinusitis is the most common form. It lasts
no longer than eight weeks or occurs less than four
times a year with each attack lasting no longer
than 10 days. Acute sinusitis can be successfully
treated with medications, leaving no residual damage
to the mucous linings.
Chronic sinusitis lasts for eight weeks or longer
or occurs more than four times a year with symptoms
persisting for more than 20 days. Chronic sinusitis
can be long term conditions, affecting the lifestyle,
and hampering everyday activity.
The cause for chronic sinusitis is sometimes unclear.
Stress and exposure to cold wind can also cause
the chronic inflammation. Bacteria are the most
common cause of acute sinusitis, and a pre existing
lowered general immunity. Structural abnormalities,
like a deviated nasal septum, can lead to a chronic
• Congestion and obstruction of the nose.
• There may be a thick yellow or greenish
mucous discharge from the nose.
• There is persistent heaviness of the head
through the day.
• Headache in the forehead and temples which
can be severe. The headache associated with sinusitis
can be severe and mistaken for migraine headaches.
• Pain is generally worse in the mornings
and gets worse on bending the head.
• Postnasal drip, which can cause repeated
• Facial tenderness or pain may be present.
This is due to inflammation of the frontal sinuses
which usually results in a dull, constant ache.
The face may also look swollen or puffy.
• Bad breath, loss of sense of smell, or a
constant bad smell internally
• Symptoms can be worse during winters or
in the rainy season with relief during the summers.
Direct exposure to an AC can also worsen the symptoms.
Drink plenty of fluids. Water is the best fluid
and helps lubricate the mucous membranes.
Avoid direct exposure to the cold
wind; especially while traveling or in a vehicle,
and cover the head and ears adequately.
A concoction of pepper, ginger and
turmeric can help relieve the congestion of the
sinuses. Hot beverages have similar soothing effects
from steam. Hot soups, tea with honey and lemon
can be helpful.
Inhale plain steam two to four times
a day, it relieves the congestion, bringing out
the mucous from the sinuses. This relieves the headache
associated with the sinusitis.
Gargling with warm water or washing
the face with hot water can also relieve the symptoms.
Deep breathing and pranayama can
help bring the chronic condition down, by improving
the air flow and preventing the congestion.
Homeopathic treatment cures the problem. The acute
attacks are managed with the acute medicines in
Homeopathy; this unclogs the congestion of the sinuses,
and brings the infection down, reducing the pain
The constitutional medication is used to cure the
chronic condition. Within few courses of treatment,
there is a reduction in the frequency and intensity
of the sinusitis. The chronic headache related to
the sinusitis is very well cured by the Homeopathic
They are pale, swollen, mucosal covered masses
commonly seen in patients with allergic rhinitis
within the nose. They are freely moveable and non-tender.
They may result in chronic nasal block and a loss
of sense of smell.
• Discharge from the nose
• Nose block constantly
• Mouth breathing
• Loss of smell (Anosmia)
• Secondary infection leading to headache
• A grayish grape-like growth is seen in the
Asthma; Chronic sinus infections; Hay fever (allergic
rhinitis); cystic fibrosis
Homoeopathic medicines very effectively treat nasal
Homoeopathic medicines can control
and prevent the recurrence of such a condition.
It is seen that even after a surgical removal of
the nasal polyps there are 70% chances of recurrence.
Even in cases where surgery is already done, homoeopathy
helps in preventing the recurrence.
(chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder)
It is a condition wherein there is a complex of
diseases which give rise to airway obstruction or
difficulty in breathing. The complex of diseases
in this condition is made up of chronic bronchitis
• Cigarette smoking or passive smoking
• Occupational dusts and chemicals
• Outdoor air pollution
• Frequent infections and Allergies
• hereditary factors
It mostly affects the age group of 50 to 60 yrs
• Excessive and continuous cough
• Sputum production
• Shortness of breath
• Difficulty in breathing is seen initially
only on heavy exertion, later as the disease progresses
even in mild activity breathing becomes difficult.
• There might be pinkish or bluish discoloration
• The main sign is the recurrence and increase
in the intensity of symptoms as the condition progresses
It is largely preventable through elimination of
long-term exposure to tobacco smoke or pollution.
Smoking an be slowly reduced if possible stopped
Since this is a chronic condition it has very good
treatment in homoeopathy.
A detailed case history is taken after which the
treatment is started with a regular follow up.
Follow up has to be regular so as to fully recover
from this condition. After the treatment is started
the cough will be better and the immunity is made
strong. The duration of treatment will depend on
the intensity of the condition
Frequent cold which includes allergic cold, viral
cold, etc. is a major cause of human discomfort
and loss of human hours in the world. Colds being
the most common of the ailments that the humanity
suffers from, it is called common cold!
Never dangerous per se, common colds cause physical
discomfort with annoying symptoms such as running
of the nose, blocked nose, throat irritation, fever,
congestive headache, etc. with a tendency to develop
chest congestion in those who are prone to it. Exposure
to cold temperate, cold drinks-food, etc are known
to precipitate the cold by lowering the temperature
of the respiratory passage, encouraging the virus
and bacteria to grow. Viruses of different strains
are the major cause. Allergic cold may be due to
pollen, dust, hay, etc. It is the body tendency
and sensitivity that makes one prone to frequent
colds of any nature. In that sense, common cold
is not a local disease of the nose but that of the
whole system, the immunological system.
about homeopathic treatment:
Homeopathic treatment is extremely effective to
treat frequent attacks of colds in all age groups.
Homeopathy is very strongly suggested for all sorts
of colds and coryza.
Bronchitis simply means an inflammation of the bronchus,
the windpipe. This is usually caused by infection
(viral, bacterial, fungal, etc) or allergy or both.
This condition is widely prevalent throughout the
world and is a frequent cause of absenteeism from
school and work.
Bronchitis seems to be slightly
more common in women as compared to males though
the difference is not significant. It is more common
amongst the younger age-group as compared to the
Causes of bronchitis:
- Allergy (environmental and industrial pollutants,
- Infections (viral, bacterial, fungus
- Exposure to temperature changes (extreme cold,
change from cold to heat and vise versa, etc.)
Cough is the most common symptom. The cough may
be either dry (without mucus) or wet (with mucus),
depending on the cause and severity. Allergic cough
is often dry while infective cough has a tendency
to have mucus production. The symptoms of Bronchitis
may be listed as under:
* Cough (with or without mucus)
* Chest pain,
* Difficulty in breathing. (dyspnea)
* Throat pain
* Nose congestion,
* Body ache, joint pain, tiredness (usually due
to infection.) .
Acute, Recurrent and Chronic bronchitis:
A single episode of bronchitis which may resolve
within less than three weeks may be called as an
If there is an underlying cause of lowered immunity,
tendency to catch infection or if there are factors
such as Smoking and environmental pollution; there
may be a tendency to have Recurrent Bronchitis.
Those patients who have lowered immunity and / or
are exposed to maintaining factors such as smoking,
pollutants (pneumoconiosis, excessive alcohol consumption
and exposure to cold and draught, etc.) may present
with Chronic Bronchitis, whereby the patients may
have symptoms of Bronchitis for long time, as long
as two months to over years.
Homeopathic treatment is very strongly suggested
during for all forms and stages of Bronchitis.
Homeopathy has proven treatment which helps towards:
- Relieving nasty cough
- Controlling and treating the underlying tendency
to catch cold and cough
- Improving immunity and general vitality
- Reducing the severity, frequency and duration
in case of Recurrent bronchitis
- Helping allergic as well as infective cases of
Homoeopathy is very strongly recommended for all
stages and variants of bronchitis.