Samuel Hahnemann

He created the basic principles of homeopathy. The word homeopathy comes from the Greek hómoios- ὅμοιος- "like-" + páthos πάθος "suffering".

Hippocrates of Kos

Hippocrates (Kos 460 BC - Larissa 377 BC) was an ancient Greek physician and is referred to as the father of Western medicine in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine. Hippocrates is credited with being the first person to believe that diseases were caused naturally, not because of superstition and gods. He separated the discipline of medicine from religion, believing and arguing that disease was not a punishment inflicted by the gods but rather the product of environmental factors, diet, and living habits.

 
 

 

Hippocrates of Kos

Hippocrates is not only the father of Western medicine, but also a philosopher and a humanist.

Samuel Hahnemann

Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (10 April 1755 – 2 July 1843) was a German physician, best known for creating the system of alternative medicine called homeopathy.
His research led him to the principle of homeopathy, similia similibus curentur ("like cures like"), according to which a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure that disease in sick people.
He first published an article about the homeopathic approach in a German-language medical journal in 1796.

 
 

Childhood asthma and Homeopathic Medicine

Asthma constitutes a major health problem worldwide. All around the world, people of all ages suffer from this chronic disease, whose seriousness may lead to a limitation of the patient’s social activities, all the way to putting his/her very life in danger.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. The chronic inflammation is associated with bronchial hyperresponsiveness, that is, with the development of bronchial hypersensitivity, leading to recurrent episodes of syrigmus, dyspnoea, tightness in the chest and coughing, especially at night or early in the morning. (1) These episodes are often accompanied by bronchial obstruction that is usually reversible by means of emergency interventions. It is estimated that roughly 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma, while the prevalence of the disease differs between countries, ranging from 1-18%, but is overall on the increase. Annual asthma-related deaths are estimated to be 250,000. (1) (2)

Especially as relates to childhood asthma, the prognostic factors of the persistence and severity of the disease are the following: more prolonged and severe episodes of bronchoconstriction during the child’s preschool years, a family history of asthma and/or allergies, elevated serum IgE immunoglobulin, early positive skin allergy tests, an increased frequency of respiratory infections and, last but not least, the presence of psychological difficulties. The two most aggravating factors are genetics (other members of the family suffering from asthma or other allergies) and the environment (allergens, cigarette smoke, pollution, toxic substances in the work environment that sensitise the lungs) while the interplay between viral infections and atopy (the existence of an allergic predisposition) plays an important part in the appearance of asthma in children. (3) (4) (5)

Diagnosing asthma during infancy and early childhood is often difficult because of the trouble conducting spirometric tests. Frequent episodes of syrigmus that are alleviated by the use of inhaled bronhodilators increase the likelihood that asthma is present. This is especially true if syrigmus occurs more often than once per month, if there is syrigmus or coughing during the child’s playtime, if there is night-time cough at times when the child is free from infection, if symptoms persist beyond the age of 3 years; all these signs render a diagnosis of asthma most likely. (6)

Homeopathic Medicine can be used in all ages: in neonates, infants, children, and even prenatally. It causes no dependence and has no side effects.

The basic tenet of Homeopathic Medicine is the prescription of ultradilute natural remedies that aim to stimulate and modify the immune defense of the human organism. It does not believe in suppressing the symptom, on the contrary, it considers the symptom to be a sign that the organism is striving to achieve homeostasis. For this reason, Homeopathic Medicine intends to heal the patient, not merely to suppress the disease symptoms. Its contribution to the healing of infantile and childhood asthma is evident in everyday clinical practice.

In Homeopathic Medicine we perform a profound investigation of the immunological, psychological and mental profile of the child, in order to bring to light the causative and catalysing agents of childhood asthma. What is very important is the correlation of skin allergy symptoms with asthmatic symptoms. It has been long noted by homeopathic doctors that there is a direct correlation between skin problems and asthma manifestations. The observed link is simple and clear: the more skin symptoms are suppressed, the more respiratory symptoms worsen; and conversely, when the patient’s atopic predisposition is expressed in the skin, his/her respiratory symptoms are relieved. This is the reason why in Homeopathy we frequently see the asthmatic condition of our young asthmatic patient getting better, just as his/her previously suppressed skin symptoms reappear. Parents should not be alarmed when this happens; on the contrary, they should feel relieved, as this pattern is telling us that an in-depth healing is taking place and that their child’s future is now brighter indeed.

 

Homeopathic Medicine aspires to not merely cure, but to truly heal the asthmatic condition of the child. This comes in contrast with conventional medical treatments that limit their scope to the symptomatic relief of the problem by means of long-term prescribing of corticosteroids for the prevention of recurrences.

To reap the full benefits of a successful homeopathic treatment it is important to begin as soon as possible, and to continue not just until the alleviation of the respiratory sensitivity but through to a substantial and long-lasting improvement of the child’s health.

 

References

(1) Fanta CH. Asthma. N Engl J Med. 2009 Mar 5;360(10):1002-14.

(2) Braman SS. Chest. The global burden of asthma. 2006 Jul;130(1 Suppl):4S-12S.

(3) Morais-Almeida M, Gaspar A, Pires G, Prates S, Rosado-Pinto J. Risk factors for asthma symptoms at school age: an 8-year prospective study. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2007 Mar-Apr;28(2):183-9.

(4) Fiocchi A, Terracciano L, Martelli A, Guerriero F, Bernardo L. The natural history of childhood-onset asthma. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2006 May-Jun;27(3):178-85.

(5) Wever-Hess J, Kouwenberg JM, Duiverman EJ, Hermans J, Wever AM. Prognostic characteristics of asthma diagnosis in early childhood in clinical practice. Acta Paediatr. 1999 Aug;88(8):827-34.

(6) Hunger T, Rzehak P, Wichmann HE, Heinrich J. Prognostic values of specific respiratory sounds for asthma in adolescents. Eur J Pediatr. 2010 Jan;169(1):39-46.

(7) Yeatts K, Davis KJ, Sotir M, Herget C, Shy C. Who gets diagnosed with asthma? Frequent wheeze among adolescents with and without a diagnosis of asthma. Pediatrics 2003 May;111(5 Pt 1):1046-54.

 

 

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