HOW TO TREAT SEVERE COUGHS


Nausea does not readily yield to coughing and expectoration, suffocation form accumulation of phlegm or where the paroxysms are so severe, or quickly following scarcely affording time for respiration causing the fact to become blue and the body rigid, especially seen in children.


Kali bichromicum (3x, 6x, 30th). This remedy cures the coughs which have these most peculiar symptoms. The voice is rough and hoarse, the cough is paroxysmal, teasing, violent and deep down, caused by constant tickling there is much clear (but sometimes thick) tenacious phlegm which pulls out into long strings and is exceedingly hard to get rid of, the string will reach the feet if not forcibly detached. There is no other remedy just like this.

Causticum (6x, 12x, or 30th) NOTE : This wont act well lower than the 6x. It cures dry hard coughs with tightly adhering mucus in the chest, rattling, bubbling phlegm, cough stopped temporarily by drinks of cold water, coughing causes involuntary spurting of urine, chest very sore pains move about in the chest, relieved by firm pressure of hand over chest well.

Ipecacuanha (3x, 6x or 30th) cures very loose, coarse, loud rattling breathing and coughs with asthmatical symptoms. Great nausea (greater nausea here than with Pulsatilla and with Antimonium tart.) For this remedy to be of the greatest use there must be some coughing into nausea, or even vomiting.

Nausea does not readily yield to coughing and expectoration, suffocation form accumulation of phlegm or where the paroxysms are so severe, or quickly following scarcely affording time for respiration causing the fact to become blue and the body rigid, especially seen in children.

Dulcamara (3x, 6x or 30th). This covers long fits of spasmodic barking coughing which shakes the whole body, profuse secretion of mucus in the throat and larger air passages but which is easy to get rid of (opposite to Ipecacuanha, Causticum and Antimonium tart). Sputum is tasteless, great hoarseness, damp chilly weather aggravates all symptoms.

Pulsatilla (3x, 6x or 30th) cure severe shaking catarrhal, spasmodic coughs which are worse towards evening and at night, frequently followed by vomiting, but with little or no nausea (compare this with Ipecacuanha), cough at first dry, soon running into a copious expectoration of yellowish or white phlegm often of a distinctly salty taste and sometimes bitter mucus streaked with blood in protracted cases when not taken care of in time, much wheezing and rattling in chest, raw sensation in throat. The Pulsatilla patients generally report much shivering and chilliness.

Phosphorus (6x, 12x, or 30th). NOTE : This drug must not be used by the laity in lower potency than the 6x (sixth decimal) which means but one part of Phosphorus in a million of either alcohol or sugar of milk. Thus it is absolutely safe for the most delicate infant.

Phosphorus is the deadly drug of allopathic literature and which is practically discarded by them because in their hands it has proved so injurious and even deadly in their large dosages. These dangers are all explained in their standard works for the allopathic profession. This explanation is necessary as the allopaths claim that the homoeopaths employ dangerous drugs. It is a “life-saver” in our hands, and therefore invites and needs extensive study.

The acute cough which Phosphorus will cure arises from an inflammation and irritation of the upper air passages of the lungs (bronchial tubes), the tickling is much lower than that of Belladonna, the Phosphorus cough is worse from using the voice and by any change of breathing as from slight exertion the cough it as first dry and then later with expectoration takes on the character of “prune juice” in colour in sputum is a homoeopathic keynote of the highest value in this dread disease, pneumonia.

Phosphorus saves scores of lives and even thousands for homoeopathy and is one of the chief factors on reducing the homoeopathic death rate in pneumonia to under 5 per cent., whilst the world allopathic death rate in the same disease, and with the same classification for all ages, stands fairly regularly at 29.5 per cent. according to modern allopathic statistics.

Cold air always aggravates the Phosphorus cough and the chest feels dry, burnt and sore inside. The voice is husky, rough, even to total loss of the voice (aphonia). The larynx feels raw and there is great oppression of the chest. All symptoms worse when lying on the left side.

Arsenicum album (6x, 12x or 30th). NOTE :- Dont use this remedy lower than the 6x (sixth decimal), when we state that it is perfectly safe for lay use, even for the youngest infant. This Arsenicum album suits the coughs of elderly people and those of very low vitality, of those with sudden profound sinking of the vital forces in acute disease.

Ethelbert Petrie Hoyle
BIO: Dr. Ethelbert Petrie Hoyle 1861 – 1955 was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy. He served as editor of the International Homeopathic Medical Directory and Travelling Secretary to the International Homeopathic Society.