You must be having a troublesome life if you are also among those who get common cold and cough repeatedly. But did you know that if you take some precautionary measures, you can keep yousrself safe from getting infected with these irritating diseases. Here are some very effective tips to help you maintain a healthy life:
Thyme is one of the most famous herbs from the mint family. It is a common herb present in every spice set for garnishing and flavouring of the dish. In fact, apart from its modern-day use, it had been used by Egyptians in the process of mummification as well as by the Greeks as a form of incense. However, apart from its culinary uses, it is gaining a reputation as one of the most useful ingredients with several medicinal properties. Some of these medicinal properties are highlighted below.
Thus, these are some of the most important uses of thyme apart from adding flavouring to some of your favourite dishes.
The common reason why most of us get throat infections is because they are viral in nature. This means that if one person gets a throat infection, he/she can transmit it to others by touching, coughing, sneezing, etc.
Viral throat infections can be managed easily. There are several home remedies that can alleviate your viral infection. However, it is suggested to consult an ENT specialist if the home remedy is not providing any relief to you.
When a person is already affected by AIDS, such persons can also develop other problems like tuberculosis, bad cough, pneumonia, continuous headache, body ache, weakness, diarrhea, seizures, loss of memory, abnormal weight loss, loss of concentration, lymph node, and throat swelling thus difficulty in swallowing.
Coughing is a common problem of the respiratory tract and often indicates a deeper problem. It can be very irritating and can affect eating habits and socialization. A cough which persists for more than 4 weeks is believed to be chronic in nature. Tuberculosis (TB) is the most common cause of chronic cough in India. TB is an airborne bacterial infection caused by the organism - 'Mycobacterium tuberculosis', that primarily affects the lungs, although other organs and tissues may be involved. Cardinal features are:
Read on to know about other common causes of chronic cough and how to manage them.
The key is to identify the reason that is causing the chronic cough. Most people who are diagnosed are educated to handle it and carry the required medications including steroids, bronchodilators, and inhalers.
Asthma is a condition that severely affects the lungs. The airways become narrow and the lungs become inflamed. Its characteristic features include bronchospasm, reversible airflow obstruction and variable and recurring symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. This might be caused up to 2 to 3 times a day.
Asthma is usually triggered by:
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which tries to ‘cure’ this disease, instead of trying to provide symptomatic relief. While dealing with a case of asthma, a homeopath not only records the symptoms of the disease but also studies the medical history, family history, physical and psychological characteristics of a person. This helps to find the cause, the precipitating factors, and the hereditary tendency etc. Of special interest to a homeopath is the history of suppression of skin disease. Homeopaths believe that when there is a tendency or predisposition for a disease – it first manifests on the less vital organs, towards the periphery (like skin). If this manifestation is suppressed than the disease shifts inwards, towards the more vital organs (like lungs, heart, brain etc).
The fact that in children asthma is often preceded by eczema is observed by the allopaths also. This fact is written in all their textbooks of medicine. They say that children often ‘move-out’ of eczema and ‘move-into’ asthma. But they are unable to make a correlation. Homeopaths believe that the suppression of eczema with topical preparations, does not cure the disease/sensitivity of the person, it merely drives it inwards.
Now after ascertaining the symptoms and the cause, the homeopath tries to find a medicine which matches the symptoms as well as the general characteristics of the person. The medicine so selected is administered to the patient.
When a right medicine is given, the asthma disappears but the old eczema or skin rash reappears for some time, before finally disappearing itself. This reappearance of old symptoms is seen as a reversal of disease process and is considered a very good prognostic sign by homeopaths.
Medicines - There are lots of medicines in homeopathy for asthma symptoms and it is not possible to list them all here. Some of the common medicines are ars- alb, ipecac, lachesis, pulsatilla, spongia, sulphur, ignatia, antim-tart, hepar-sulph, nat-sulph, tuberculinum etc. The selection of medicine varies from patient to patient. Therefore, it is always recommended to consult a specialized homeopath for treating your individual case.
In this article, we will explain importance of miasmatc study in treating bronchial asthma
Why best homeopathic treatment for allergic asthma fails?
Importance of miasmatc study in treating bronchial asthma. Treating cases of allergic asthma without understanding miasmatic condition is difficult for a number of homoeopaths. Curing allergic asthma require persistence, uphill struggle, and passion to recognize and take care of such patients. As per Dr. Abhishek, physician must have a comprehensive understanding of miasmatic conditions of the asthmatic patient in conjunction with the maintaining and exciting causes. Maintaining and exciting causes help us to select similimum, and comprehensive understanding of miasmatic conditions helps in elimination of the main obstruction to the cure of asthma, correct potency selection, medicine doses and repitition, disease prognosis, and assessment of homeopathic medicine effect.
Few important guidelines to recognize the miasm.
Psoric miasm:- hypersensitivity, inflammation and irritation.
History of skin disease suppression and commencement of asthma.
Patient will complains of more spasms and less secretions
Abrupt breath holding spasms
Scanty, mucoid, clourless, tasteless and odourless expectoration
Exciting factor – asthmatic attack is elicit by psychological and emotional influx.
Modalities- better from (a) reappearance of skin eruptions
Pseudo-psora – suppuration
2. Sycotic miasm:- over growth, indurations and infiltrations.
Past history, discharges from mucus membranes suppression.
Asthma, with cough, scanty secretions, intricate expectoration
Thick yellowish-green expectoration.
Cannot breathe easily through his nose.
Exciting factors- (a) getting wet in rain (b) rainy period
Modalities- condition improved in dry climate and from restoration of discharge.
3. Tubercular miasm:- history of recurring uri-upper respiratory infections
Cough with excessive expectoration
Expectoration is purulent, muco-purulent or even bloody
Infections usually bacterial or viral
Cold air, exprosure to cold
Modalities- improved at day time, exposure to sun.
4. Importance of:- ulceration, granulation and degeneration.
When irreparable change had take place in the lungs parenchyma. Example emphysematous changes in lungs
Symptoms- barking cough.
Even the best selected homeopathic medicine will fail to cure, if patient don’t avoid exciting and maintaining cause.
Bronchial asthma homeopathy treatment
Lectures on homoeopathy materia medica indicate the shortcoming of prescribing homeopathic medicine effortlessly on the basis of symptoms totality without understanding miasmatic back ground.
" 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 quite liberal on asthma, since I have learned that asthma is a sycotic disease, and since I am able to treat or cure large number of asthamatic patients after I have made well judged appliance of anti-sycotics homeopathic medicine. That is one of the first things I observed, that outside of sycotics you will seldom find a cure for asthma.
We further talk about shortcoming of prescribing homeopathic medicine effortlessly on the basis of symptoms totality without understanding miasmatic back ground.
" while 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 not cured"
From above speech marks it is obvious that Dr. Kent strictly follow Dr. Hahnemann's experience and work inaccordance to the hypothesis of anti-miasmic remedy. Dr. Kent further he also evidently express that using the totality of symptoms without understanding deep consept of miasms can lead to sheer suppression or palliation of the disease.
Doctor give emphasis on the better understanding of fundamental cause along with totality of symptoms, in aphorism no-5 of bible of homeopathy-organon.
" 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 finding during casetaking (chronic disease history), to helps physician to find its fundamental cause, i. E chronic miasm. In these investigation, the corporal constitution of the patient, his ethical and logical character, his profession, mode of livelihood and lifestyle, his social and domestic relations, his age, sexual function, etc, are to be taken into consideration.
Therefore it is utterly essential for a homoeopathic doctor to identify the exciting factor of allergic asthma, the allergic trigger and primary fundamental cause of allergic asthma. Hence finding the chronic miasms is very important. An acquired allergic asthma as a rule is psoric in origin and genetic asthma is sycotic in origin. The acute worsening of the chronic state of asthna are hidden within the constitution and occur due to exciting factors.
Few important tips for alergic asthma patient:-
Asthma— lifestyle and diet
1. Eat well balanced diet, take freshly prepared, light, nourishing foods.
2. Do not overload your stomach.
3. Avoid long intervals between meals
4. Do not drink milk at night
5. Avoid preservatives and packed food
6. Take dinner two hour prior going to sleep
7. Avoid the allergen you are allergic to
8. Avoid sudden temperature changes
9. Quit smoking and avoid smokers
10. Avoid keeping pets in the house
11. Regular light cardio exercise like yoga, brisk walk or jogging. Avoid heavy exercise as that can precipitate asthma attack
12. Do breathing exercises so as to improve lung capacity. Eg yoga -pranayam exercise.
13. Do stress relieving meditation exercises or yoga to reduce the psychological factors related to asthma
Deviated nasal septum starts around puberty reaches its full development at the age of 20 yrs. Common in both sexes. Many cases are hereditary. Lack of descent of the palate may cause buckling of the cartilaginous part of septum.
Septum grow at same rate like root. If septum start growing at rapid rate it becomes buckled to accommodate itself.
Congenital cause: Abnormal intrauterine posture may result in compression forces acting on the nose & upper root.
Cause secondary to trauma, polyp in nose.
1) Deviation are smooth: Deflection which are upper, lower, anterior or posterior septum ( Isolated thickening on septum).
2) Spur: Occur at junction of base & cartilage may predispose to epistaxis from the vessel on their surface.
3) Thickening may result from trauma due to overriding of the cartilaginous fragments.
4) Dislocation: Displacement of the lower edge of the cartilage from the maxillary crust & the vom due to trauma.
The deviation may be 'C' shape, 'S' shape.
Blocking of nose.
Sinusital headache secondary to obstruction to drainage of sinuses.
Vacuum headache causes by vacuum created in Para nasal sinus due to obstruction in the drainage of the sinus resulting in absorption of the air by the mucosa of the sinus.
Neurological headache when septum touches a sensitive part on the lateral wall of the nose.
Recurrent rhinitis i.e. nose.
Epistaxis: Little area the deviated side of the septum is exposed to atmospheric directly predisposing to drying and crusting of mucosa and tendency to pick the nose.
Anosmia due to DNS, perforation of nose
Deformity of external nose.
Secondary hypertrophy of turbinate.
Recurrent sinusitis due to obstruction to drainage of sinus.
Middle ear infection due to forcible blockening of nose or recurrent upper respiratory infection.
Mouth breathing causing infection of pharynx, larynx, trachebronchial tree.
Asthma: DNS acts as trigger for bronchospasm.
Atrophic rhinitis on the root side of nose.
Homoeopathic Materia Medica:
Allium Cepa : Sneezing, especially when entering a warm room. Copious, watery and extremely acrid discharge. Feeling of a lump at root of nose. Hay-fever. [Sabad.; Sil.; Psor.]. Fluent coryza with headache, cough, and hoarseness. Polypus. Catarrhal headache, mostly in forehead; worse in warm room towards evening.
< evening, warm room.
> open air, cold room.
Arsenic Album : Coryza with thin, watery, excoriating discharge. Nose feels stopped up. Sneezing without
relief. Hay-fever and coryza; worse in open air; better indoors. Burning and bleeding from nose. Headaches relieves by cold, other symptoms worse.
< wet weather, after midnight; from cold, cold drinks, or food. Seashore. Right side.
> from heat; from head elevated; warm drinks.
Arum Triphyllum: Acridity is the keynote of the kind of action characteristic of Arum. Soreness of nostrils. Acrid, excoriating discharge,
producing raw sores. Nose obstructed; must breathe through mouth. Boring in the nose. Coryza; discharge blood-streaked, watery. Nose completely
stopped, with fluent, acrid discharge. Hay-fever, with pain over root of nose. Large scabs high up on right side of nose. Face feels chapped, as if from cold wind; feels hot. Constant picking at nose until it bleeds. Headache from too warm clothing, from hot coffee.
< northwest wind, lying down.
Syphilinum: Indicated for Caries of nasal bones, hard palate and septum, with perforation; ozaena.
< at night, sundown to sunrise, seashore, in summer.
> inland and mountains, during day, moving about slowly.
Arundo: A remedy for catarrhal states & Hay-fever. Hay-fever begins with burning and itching of palate and conjunctiva. Annoying itching in the nostrils and roof of the mouth. Coryza; loss of smell. Sneezing, itching of nostrils.
Euphrasia: Patient is better in open air. Catarrhal affections of mucous membranes especially of eyes and nose. Profuse acrid lachrymation and bland coryza; worse, evening. Hawking up of offensive mucus.
< in evening, indoors, warmth; south winds; from light.
Ferrum Phos: Useful medicine for first stage of colds in the head. Predisposition to colds. Epistaxis; bright red blood. The typical Ferr.phos.
subject is nervous, sensitive, anemic with the false plethora and easy flushing of Ferrum. Indicted in pale, anaemic subjects, with violent local
congestions. Haemorrhages are bright from any orifice.
< at night and 4 to 6 p.m.; touch, jar, motion, right side.
> by cold applications.
Kali Iod: The profuse, watery, acrid coryza that the drug produces serves as a sure guiding symptom, especially when associated with pain in frontal sinus. Violent headache in which pain intense over eyes and root of nose. Nose is red, swollen. Tip of nose red; profuse, acrid, hot, watery, thin discharge. Ozaena, with perforated septum. Sneezing. Nasal catarrh, involving frontal sinus. Stuffiness and dryness of nose, without discharge. Profuse, cool, greenish,
< warm clothing, warm room, at night, damp weather.
> motion, open air.
Nux Vomica: Indicated for stuffing up of nose < at night especially. Also useful for Stuffy colds, snuffles, after exposure to dry, cold atmosphere; worse, in warm room. Coryza is fluent in daytime; stuffed up at night and outdoors; or alternates between nostrils. Bleeding in morning. Acrid discharge, but with stuffed up feeling. Frontal headache, with desire to press the head against something.
< morning, mental exertion, after eating, touch, spices, stimulants, narcotics, dry weather, cold.
> from a nap, if allowed to finish it; in evening, while at rest, in damp, wet weather, strong pressure.
Silicea: There is Itching at point of nose. Dry, hard crusts form, bleeding when loosened. Nasal bones sensitive. Sneezing in morning. Obstructed and loss of smell. Perforation of septum. Headache in which pain begins at occiput, and spreads over head and settles over eyes. Silica patient is cold, chilly, hugs the fire, wants plenty warm clothing, hates drafts, hands and feet cold, worse in winter. Great sensitiveness to taking cold.
< new moon, in morning, from washing, during menses, uncovering, lying down, damp, lying on, left side, cold.
> warmth, wrapping up head, summer; in wet or humid weather.
Merc Sol: Useful for Cold & Coryza in which there is much sneezing, in sunshine. Coryza; acrid discharge, but too thick to run down the lip; worse, warm room. Nostrils raw, ulcerated; nasal bones swollen. Yellow-green, fetid, pus like discharge. Pain and swelling of nasal bones, and caries, with greenish fetid ulceration. Nosebleed < at night. Copious discharge of corroding mucus.
< at night, wet, damp weather, lying on right side, perspiring; warm room and warm bed.
Natrum Mur: Useful for violent, fluent coryza, lasting from one to three days, then changing into stoppage of nose, making breathing difficult.
Discharge thin and watery, like raw white of egg. Violent sneezing coryza. Infallible for stopping a cold commencing with sneezing.
Loss of smell and taste. Internal soreness of nose. Dryness. Frontal sinus inflammation.
< noise, music, warm room, lying down about 10 a. m;, at seashore, mental exertion, consolation, heat, talking.
> by open air, cold bathing, going without regular meals, lying on right side; pressure against back, tight clothing.
Aurum Mettalicum: Indicated for Ulcerated, painful, swollen, obstructed nose. Inflammation of nose; caries; fetid discharge, purulent, bloody. Boring
pains in nose; worse at night. Putrid smell from nose. Sensitive smell. Horrible odor from nose and mouth.
Knobby tip of nose.
< in cold weather when getting cold. Many complaints come on only in winter; from sunset to sunrise.
The inflammations of the lining in the bronchial tubes, which are responsible for carrying air from and to your lungs are known as bronchitis. It is a respiratory disease and more than a million cases are reported each year. Bronchitis requires medical diagnosis by your healthcare provider and can be chronic or acute. Cold or other respiratory infections can cause acute bronchitis whereas smoking leads to chronic bronchitis. Acute bronchitis usually lasts for few days but with persistent cough. Whereas, chronic bronchitis can be responsible for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Symptoms of bronchitis:
The symptoms common to both acute and chronic bronchitis are given below:
The diagnosis of bronchitis is done by your doctor who will ask you about your cough. Some other questions may include your medical history, about smoking or whether you have had cases of flu or cold recently.
Treatment for bronchitis:
Your doctor will mainly recommend pain relievers and cough syrup along with warm air to breathe mainly at indoors. However your doctor may prescribe the following medications in cases of severe bronchitis:
Prevention of bronchitis:
Acute and chronic bronchitis can be reduced by the following measures; however, they cannot be completely prevented:
The sudden spread of the Influenza-A (H1N1) virus has left the Karnataka government a bit worried as the death toll this year has reached 6 with two fresh casualties in Bengaluru.
The government has alerted all the districts and has ordered to take the preventive measures to combat the prevalent disease. A total of 4,902 H1N1 cases have been tested positive this year across the country, out which 456 have been registered in Karnataka only.
What is H1N1 flu?
It is also known as swine flu because of its past. Initially, people go got infected with it used to be in direct contact with pigs. It is a respiratory disease which is caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract of pigs leading to barking cough, decreased appetite, nasal secretions, etc. The molecules released by the infected pigs quickly get transmitted to humans turning the flu into a pandemic.
How does H1N1 flu prevail?
It spreads just like seasonal flu. It is transmitted from one person to another through sneeze or cough. The small molecules released while sneezing or coughing stay alive in the air and whenever another person comes in contact with these drops, he/she also gets infected by the virus. It also gets transmitted when someone touches the things used by an infected person.
H1N1 Flu Symptoms:
Swine Flu has similar symptoms to the seasonal flu. They include:
H1N1 flu, however, can lead to more serious ailments like pneumonia, lung infection and breathing problems. It worsens the situation in case the patient is already a diabetic or asthma patient.
Ways to diagnose H1N1 infection:
Due to various similarities in the symptoms of seasonal flu and swine flu, the doctor has to run a swab up inside the nose around the back of the throat of the patient. The doctors, however, use this method only on those having life threatening issues due to swine flu.
The doctors prescribe same anti-viral drugs for swine flu that are given to treat seasonal flu. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu), peramivir (Rapivab) and zanamivir (Relenza) are some drugs that fetch best results.
Consuming antibiotics will solve no purpose in H1N1 flu as it is caused by virus, not bacteria.
H1N1 flu prevention:
The vaccinations are a good option to keep swine flu at bay but here are some more preventive tips that can be of help:
Preventive tips for family members and colleagues of a swine flu patient:
H1N1 flu is a deadly pandemic that is causing serious issues for the people as well as the government in Karnataka. Everyone should be aware of the preventive measures to keep themselves as well as their families safe in such a situation. If you also have any of the symptoms of swine flu, you should immediately visit a doctor to diagnose the problem.