The word “asthma” is derived from the Greek word ‘azin’, meaning “to exhale through the open mouth;” deep breathing.” The condition is the most common cause of school absence, causing an estimated 14 million school days to be missed. Bronchial asthma has been developing steadily since the 1970s, and now affects an estimated 4 to 7 percent of the global population. affects 100,000, while about 3.3 percent of children in India are affected by childhood bronchial asthma.
The ISAC study examined the prevalence rates of bronchial asthma and atopic disorders over a one-year period in 721,601 children aged 6–7 years and 13–14 years, respectively, in 155 centers in 56 countries. In the Indian subcontinent, incidence increased by +0.02 and +0.06 percent per year among children aged 13–14 and 6–7 years.
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According to studies, viruses infect the lungs, which is another possible root cause of asthma. Secondhand cigarette smoke is also an important and commonly known cause of childhood asthma. It has also been proven that children of smokers are more likely to develop asthma than children of non-smokers.
Asthma is becoming more prevalent in children between the ages of one and fourteen as a result of exposure to allergens, environmental pollution, chemical exposure, hereditary factors, dietary choices, and antibiotic use. Asthma can be caused by certain conditions such as a cold or other respiratory infection, feeding can trigger asthma in infants, intense emotional reactions such as crying or laughing, gastrointestinal reflux and changes, or extreme weather conditions.
diagnosis of asthma
Diagnosing asthma in children, especially those under the age of five, can be difficult. This is because the major symptoms of asthma, such as wheezing and coughing, can be caused by other diseases in newborns and young children. In addition, diagnostic tests used to determine how well or normally someone is breathing cannot be easily or accurately used with children under the age of five. can be done.
Children with asthma often cough and wheeze, as well as experience chest tightness and shortness of breath. There are certain symptoms that suggest that a child may be suffering from asthma such as difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, wheezing, a loud, whistling sound while exhaling, and short, intermittent coughs and wheezing. No symptoms.
Severe episodes of wheezing and cough with frequent or chronic symptoms and prevalent infections or allergies that may trigger seasonal changes are also prominent symptoms of asthma. If a child is gasping for air, breathing so heavily that the stomach is pressing under the ribs, or having difficulty speaking due to limited breathing, parents should seek immediate medical attention. These are symptoms of severe asthma, which can be life-threatening.
homeopathic treatment of asthma
Treatment for young children with asthma aims to prevent asthma attacks by treating inflammation in the airways and using natural remedies to cure asthma without causing adverse effects.
Homeopathic remedies take a holistic approach when treating children with asthma. It not only examines the symptoms experienced by the child during an attack, but also examines all the changes and variations that take place at the physical, mental and emotional levels. This helps determine how the child’s health and well-being has changed.
Homeopathic treatment of asthma considers both genetic and environmental factors, complements the constitutional picture of the child while activating immunity by treating the source of the disease rather than merely the condition or diagnosis.
A study in India on a group of children with clinically defined asthma who had previously been unsuccessfully treated with conventional medicine showed significant benefits from the use of individually prescribed homeopathic remedies for a period of two years – Its repetition has decreased. asthma attack. The results were evaluated to measure the severity of dyspnoea.
At the end of the allotted two-year period, the results were analyzed. It was found that asthma was controlled in 60.5% of children treated with homeopathy, while ‘some control’ was achieved in 21%.
The homeopathic remedies used in the study were Arsenicum album, Mercurius solubilis, Hypersulphuricum, Arsenicum iodium, Antimonium tartaricum, Pulsatilla, and Calcarea carbonicum. Homeopathic treatment helps in relieving the symptoms of asthma and treats the root cause of the condition.
Some of the frequently prescribed homeopathy medicines for this condition include Antimonium Tart, which helps patients waking up in the middle of the night with severe respiratory problems, Arsenic Album cures attacks of suffocation and cough, wheezing and breathlessness. Prevents difficulty taking. Spongiatosta is good for patients with a deep or hoarse cough.
Similarly, ipecac is recommended for wheezing and breathing problems that are made worse by moving, and natrum is given to patients with chronic cough with sulfur green phlegm. These homeopathic remedies are usually required as asthma episodes are more frequent and worsen between 4 am to 5 am
By treating a child with homeopathic remedies for asthma, the chances of a reduction in symptoms over time and a complete recovery are high.
(By Dr. Mukesh Batra, Founder and Chairman, Dr. Batra Healthcare. The views expressed by the expert in the article are his own, Zee News does not endorse or endorse the same.)