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Asthma occurs when the breathing passages in the chest narrow from contraction of the muscular walls, swelling of the linings, and accumulation of thick mucus within the tubes. The narrowed breathing tubes impede the normal flow of air into and especially out of the lungs.  The chest feels tight and the person is short of breath, wheezes, and must breathe rapidly with much effort.

The worst symptoms of an asthma attack may run their course within a day or two usually clearing without treatment. However, care must be taken as an attack may worsen and become life threatening. Conventional treatment includes avoidance of known allergens and desensitization shots if specific allergens have been identified. Drugs are used to widen the constricted airways and reduce inflammation.

It is important during an attack to drink plenty of water to replace water lost from rapid breathing and increased perspiration. The liquids help loosen sticky mucous in the airways.

Asthma is often a genetically determined illness. Constitutional homeopathic treatment can reduce the frequency of attacks though conventional care may be needed from time to time as the body responds to the energetic support of a homeopathic remedy. Over time the attacks will gradually disappear and one may later experience mild respiratory infections.   As the person progresses towards a healthier condition with the support of homeopathic treatment, these symptoms may also disappear. While conventional medicine aims at controlling the attacks, homeopathy aims at removing the predisposition and the need for further maintenance and treatment.

Once one is familiar with the pattern of symptoms, one can use homeopathy at home for mild-to-moderate or acute asthma symptoms. It is best to be under the care of a professional homeopath; however, should one be caught away from home, it is good to know what remedies to use.

Give the first three doses of the medicine you select every hour or two, but stop as soon as there is improvement. If there is no improvement an hour after the third dose, then a different remedy needs to be selected. If the remedy is helping, you may repeat it when the symptoms worsen again, but no more than once every two hours or ten times in two days.

The most common remedy is Aresenicum to be used when the asthmatic is fearful, restless, weak, and worse after midnight. It is not surprising that the asthmatic grows frightened when he struggles to get his breath, and Arsenicum suits the restless agitation typical of this state.

Learning of one’s triggers creating asthma and working with a homeopathic physician provide the asthma sufferer with effective solutions and remedies.

Chris Rinehart provides homeopathic remedies in Sandpoint and can be reached at 208/610-0868.

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  1. (pathology) A chronic respiratory disease, in which the airways unexpectedly and suddenly narrow, often in response to an allergen, cold air, exercise, or emotional stress. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.
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