of Homoeopathy in treating the chronic ailment bronchial asthma
is doubtful for the scientific community. We would say that Homeopathy
has tremendous efficacy in reversing bronchial asthma and allied
disorders. Hahnemann clearly experimented and formulated the therapeutics
considering same symptoms will eliminate the disease. The long
term benefit of Homoeopathy is that re organising the internal
disease in deepest levels will provide long lasting cures. Such
tremendous results can be achieved by every homoeopath by understanding
the miasm in every case. Applicability in a wide range of disease
titles Allergic Rhinitis, Hay fever and other air pathway disorders
can be recovered.
Understanding the Pathophysiology
that Bronchial asthma is physiologically obstruction in air pathway
and pathologically airway thickening due to scarring and inflammation
and secretions of mucus glands. The episodic attacks are accelerated
by bronchoconstriction. The periodical “wheezing”
is caused by the bronchial constriction which is being elicited
by an immune response to allergens.
though the genetics plays an important role in serving intrinsic
factor the extrinsic factors are exacerbated by the allergens
of different kinds. The altered immune response is seen individually
from a number of triggering factors, commonly seen from house
dust, animal dander (especially cat and dog hair), cockroach allergens,
molds, pollens and perfumes. Cold and rainy weather attributes
more distribution in inhalation. Both viral and bacterial infections
of the upper respiratory tract can worsen the disease. Psychological
stress may worsen symptoms, because the stress alters the immune
system and thus increases the airway inflammatory response to
allergens and irritants. The reaction is individual to a particular
allergen which reminds “one man’s meat is another
can diagnose a Bronchial asthma case by history of breathlessness
and episodic attacks at intervals. A physician needs to differentiate
with other air pathway disorders from Allergic Rhinitis, Sinusitis,
Bronchitis, Bronchiectasis, emphysema and pulmonary consumption.
He should borne in mind that ‘not all asthma wheezes and
all that wheezes is not asthma'.
Kent in his lecture on Natrum Sulphuricum Kent points out
the short comings of prescribing on the simple totality of symptoms
without any understanding of the underlying miasms. Vide Kent's
Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica.
"Asthma, when it is hereditary, is one of the sycotic diseases
of Hahnemann......For years I was puzzled with the management
of asthma. When a person came to me and asked: "Doctor Can
you cure asthma?" I would say "No." But now I am
beginning to get quite liberal on asthma, since I have learned
that asthma is a sycotic disease, and since I have made judicious
application of anti-sycotics I have been able to relieve or cure
a great number of such cases. You will find in the history of
medicine that wherever asthma was cured, it has been by anti-sycotic
remedies. That is one of the first things I observed, that outside
of sycotics you will seldom find a cure for asthma."
Kent goes on to speak about the limitations of the use
of Homoeopathy only on the symptoms without taking into account
the underlying miasmatic causes and their syndromes.
Ipecac, Spongia, and Arsenicum will correspond just as clearly
to the supervening symptoms and to everything that you can find
about the case, yet what do they do? They palliate; they repress
the symptoms; but your asthma is no better off, your patient is
From these quotes we can see that Kent truly followed Hahnemann's
teachings and saw the validity of the theory of anti-miasmic remedies.
He also clearly states that using the totality of the symptoms
without understanding the miasms underlying the case may lead
to mere palliation or suppression of the disease. This is why
aphorism 5 of the Organon stresses the need to understand the
fundamental cause as well as the totality of the symptoms.
"Useful to the physician in assisting him to cure are the
particulars of the most probable exciting cause of the acute disease
as well as the most significant points in the complete history
of the chronic disease, to enable him to discover its fundamental
cause, which is generally due to a chronic miasm. In these investigations,
the ascertainable physical constitution of the patient (especially
when the disease is chronic), his moral and intellectual character,
his occupation, mode of living and habits, his social and domestic
relations, his age, sexual function, etc., are to be taken into
Therefore it is absolutely necessary for a homoeopath to
understand the nature of the exciting causes of bronchial asthma,
the allergic triggers as well as the underlying fundamental cause
of bronchial asthma which is usually due to the chronic miasms.
A acquired usually psoric origin and genetic the sycotic base.
The acute exacerbations of the chronic state are latent within
the constitution and have been brought by exciting factors.
Each of the chronic miasms has their own characteristic
signs that are an integral part of the totality of the symptoms.
Psora tends to produce to irritation, inflammation, and hypersensitivity
and Pseudo-psora tends toward suppuration Sycosis tends to produce
infiltrations, indurations, and over growth and Syphilis tends
toward granulation, degeneration and ulceration.
Clinical Materia Medica
Under Hahnemann’s gleanings
I have seen clinically Allergic Rhinitis, Bronchial asthma and
Eczema can fulfil the meaning of “Cure” in many cases.
It was quite possible with miasmatic interpretation in every case.
I would say that the polycrests Arsenicum Album, Sulphur fit the
similitude in most of the Psora, Pseudo Psoric states and Natrum
Sulph quite useful in Sycotic base. A physician can easily fix
the Sycotic by its inheritances. I would say that if these suitable
similitude is prescribed to the patients at monthly intervals,
we can see the reduction in intensity initially and gradually
disappearance of symptoms after few months or few years. On the
other hand management of acute exacerbations by the Allergic triggers
can be best achieved by lowest potencies and mother tinctures.
I have seen in many cases simple inhalation of the drug “Sulphur
6” had act as an inhaler. I tried with few drops on the
tongue had brought silent in asthmatic attacks and in severe hypersensitivity
reactions in Urticaria. Similarly some had experienced with Aconite,
Ipecac. Even though the acute exacerbations can be skilfully tackled
by experience, severe attacks need only brethren system of medicine
modern system occasionally. Both patient and physician would experience
cure over a periods of therapy.
The polycrest is widely used in
clinical practice. The miasmatic applicability is Pseudo Psora.
The bronchial asthma patients with absecence of allergic manifestations
in family history constitutionally fix this remedy. The key notes
great anxiety and restlessness, often worse around midnight and
lying down, better by sitting up and warm drinks could lead this
The Psoric , Sycotic manifestation
can be elicited by inheritance of Bronchial asthma, Allergic Rhintis,
Eczema, Urticaria could give miasmatic interpretation in analysing
the similitude to a patient Attacks during wet weather or in rainy
season. This asthma remedy acts well when the patient gets attacks
every change of season.
A wonderful remedy which can be
used constitutionally in High potencies and low potencies for
acute attacks. The patients give the history of skin eruptions
or runs parallelly.
Excellent remedy during acute attacks of asthma that will ease
breathing and coughing. Symptoms are often accompanied by marked
anxiety, fear and restlessness.
Good for asthma patients who suffer from coughing spasms resulting
in vomiting or retching. It’s also best for asthma that
comes with mucus or phlegm in breathing tubes.
A good asthma remedy for children and the elderly; especially
useful when the asthma has been caused by an infection. The cough
will have coarse rattling in the chest on both inspiration and
expiration. The patient will be worse lying down and at night
generally. They may be irritable and want to be left alone.
This remedy works when there are violent spasms of asthmatic breathing
attended by constriction of chest with redness of face.
An effective remedy in asthma used in Q potencies by many Homoeopaths
as a palliative. It improves oxygenation
Pothos Foetidus A clinically useful drug in Allergic Rhinitis
and Bronchial asthma < Dust. Acts better in Q potencies. Lobelia
Inflata, Lemna Minor Blatta Orientalis, Passiflora Incarnata also
useful in Q potencies
The scientific parameters help a physician for the prognosis
of a patient. A simple blood test for Differential count could
give the hypersensitive reactions by studying eosinophil and Monocytes.
Variation in Neutrophil and Lymphocytes could give acute and chronic
state of infections. An absolute Eosinophil count always high
in Allergic Rhinitis and Allergic Bronchitis patients. Serologically
we can asses IgE which is elevated in many individuals with inheritance.
A plain X ray chest could give the entire conditions of Lungs
and Heart and enable us to differentiate the causes for Asthma
Bronchial asthma can be cured certainly if the similitude
is based on miasmatic understanding. The similar nosological labels
Allergic Rhinitis, Urticaria and Eczema are also amenable