Southern College of Homeopathy
Here are the remedies I have found most useful in treating lung conditions, in particular asthma. I have used them for chronic conditions and acute situations. Generally I treat the person on a chronic level, but I also give them remedies to take with them in case of such an acute ‘attack’. Sometimes the homeopathic remedy for the acute will be the same as the one prescribed on the chronic level, but often another remedy is needed. Potency depends on the severity of the acute, but I usually choose a 30c or 200c.
Aconite 200 or 10m – Panic and fear of dying. Give at beginning and during attack as needed, as well as any other indicated remedy.
Antimonium tartaricum– Lungs full of mucus, severe rattling of mucus, expectoration difficult or expectoration copious mucus thick, white and ropy. As the attack goes on the lungs fill up with mucus with great difficulty expectorating. Can’t lie down must sit up. Very sleepy. Aetiology of vaccination. > vomiting; belching; expectoration.
Apis mellifica– Allergic asthma. Sensation as if throat closing up; can’t get air through the throat into the lungs. Terrible air hunger. Panting breathing,fears every breath would be their last. Burning stinging pains through the chest. Chest feels beaten and bruised. Expectoration sweetish.
Arsenicum– A combination of emotional, allergic and environmental causes. Generally not humid asthma, normally spasmodic. Asthma from lung or heart disease. Aetiologies; after anger; anxiety; nervous; after strong emotions; suppressed eruptions; exertion. Restless, must sit up, fear that they are going to die. Cyanosis. Constriction of the chest, chest feels too tight, too narrow. Feel as if they have a weight on their chest. Suffocative attacks during sleep must sit up. Scanty, frothy expectoration. < midnight, 1-3am; exertion > warmth, warm drinks.
Blatta Orientalis– Asthma from house dust, < dust. Humid asthma. Asthma with lots of mucus, chest rattles with it. Suffocation from lungs being full of mucus. Yellow mucus. < dust; rain; winter.
Carbo veg– h/o asthma attacks, recurring asthma attacks. Their vitality goes down. Chilliness but > being fanned and < warmth. Blueness of face and lips. Breath cold. > belching; cold air.
Cuprum– Spasmodic state, extreme asthma (severe enough they die). Cyanosis. Asthma alternating with spasmodic vomiting. Cough themselves out of breath. Trembling after coughing. Hiccup before asthma. Although they are < breathing in cold air they are > cold drinks. < cough; laughing; bending backwards; before menses; breathing cold air; 3am > cold drinks
Dulcamara– Asthma from damp, wet weather, from cold wet weather, from damp ground or buildings. Asthma from becoming cold, from getting a cold. Asthma from sudden changes of weather. Humid asthma. Copious mucus.
Ipecac– Humid asthma. Grasps for breath, wants to be by an open window. Constant constriction in the chest and larynx, < least movement although > rocking back and forth with asthma. Loose rattle in lungs without expectorating. Pale face. Can look like Puls as > fresh air.
Kali carb– Humid asthma with difficult expectoration. Attack comes on when they get a cold. Wakes from shortness of breath. Sensation of no air in the chest. They are > for leaning forward with their elbows onto their knees or leaning on a table. Stitching/stabbing pains around the pleural membranes. State of anxiety, not as great as Ars and they can be reassured. Irritable and peevish during an attack. Asthma alternating with diarrhea or vertigo. Aggravation from dust. < 2-4am.
Lobelia Inflata– Asthma preceded by prickling all over.Asthma with gastric disorders. Constriction of the chest causing dyspnea. Aids expectoration. Panic and fear of dying with breathing difficulties. Panting, suffocation. Asthma with dryness of mouth and throat. Must keep mouth open to breathe. Hyperventilation. < exertion; tobacco or tobacco smoke.
Lycopodium– Often from emotional causes, from humiliation, embarrassment, failure. Craves air but is chilled by it. Short rattling breathing < lying on back. Feeling of tightness in the chest with a burning sensation. Expectoration gray, thick, bloody, salty. Flapping of alae nasi.
Medorrhinum– Can alternate with rheumatic problems. Asthma > lying on abdomen and sticking out tongue. Air hunger cannot exhale. Lungs feel stuffed with cotton wool. Lungs feel hot as if heated. < 3-4am; sunrise to sunset; cold, damp weather; mould. > sea air; knee/chest position.
Nat sulph – Asthma of children. Humid asthma, lots of mucus. Allergic asthma. Green, thick, ropy mucus. Aetiology of head or spinal injury. Every cold or unusual exertion brings on an attack of asthma. Piercing pain through lower left lobe. Desire to take a really deep breath. < damp weather or buildings; mould; early morning, 4-5am. > sitting.
Phosphorus – All types of asthma. Asthma after cough; from change of weather; exhaustion. Oppressive breathing. Congestion in the lungs. Chest feels full and heavy, dry and hot. Tight, suffocative breathing. Wheezing. Stitches in left upper lobe. Whole body trembles after coughing. Easy expectation which is frothy, bloody, rusty colored, salty, sour, sweetish or cold. < cough; least movement; evening; lying on left side.
Pothos foetidus (Ictodus foetida) – Asthma from inhaling any dust including animal dust. Spasmodic asthma. Asthma relieved by stool. Difficult breathing with sudden feeling of anguish and sweat followed by stool which relieves. > in open air < motion.
Pulsatilla– Asthma from suppressed eruptions, suppressed menses; from colds; eating problems; emotional aspects. Wheezing. Feel as if there is a constriction in the throat or windpipe. Short of breath. Fear of death from suffocation. Craves open fresh air. Feels as if being smothered on lying down. Chest oppressed as if by a heavy load. Bland, yellow, greenish expectoration. < lying on left side; overheated; warm, stuffy rooms.
Silica– Asthma after vaccinations, after long or serious illness. Asthma from working in dusty environment, asthma of brick workers or coal miners. Asthma, can’t bear a draft of cold air on back of neck. Breathing so hard that eyes seem to protrude. Asthma with spasms of larynx. Colds that descend onto chest causing asthma. Profuse foul, yellow, lumpy expectoration. Chilly person.
Spongia– Anxious, gasping breathing. Feels as if breathing through a dry sponge. Noisy whistling inspiration on falling asleep. Suffocation as from a plug, valve or leaf in the larynx. Sleeps into aggravation (Lach), wakes with an asthmatic attack. Awakes in fright and feels as if suffocating, full of terror, fear of dying from suffocation. Attacks of heat with anxiety. Must throw head back with asthma. Dry asthma with great difficulty inhaling and asthmatic cough. Asthma < full moon; cold, dry winds, before midnight, > sitting forward.