Worse at night; after midnight.
Worse hour 2 a.m. (1 to 2 a.m.).
Periodic attacks: spasmodic.
Worse cold air (rev. of puls.).
Better bending forward ( Kali carb., Kali bichromicum, Lachesis, Spongia); (>) rocking (Kali carb.).
Leaps from bed; (<)lying; lying impossible ( Kali carb.).
Great debility and burning in chest.
Arsenicum is typically Restless; Anxious; In Fear. Anguish. Agonizing fear of death ( Aconite)
Worse for ices.
Better for heat applied and hot drinks.
Kali carb [Kali-c]
Worst hours 2 to 3, and 3 a. m. ( Sambucus), or 2 to 4 a.m.
Better sitting up right, sitting forward, head on table on knees; (>) rocking ( Arsenicum)
Worse lying; lying impossible ( Arsenicum).
Worse drinking; worse motion.
Sensation of no air chest.
(<) draughts ( Hepar, Nux).
Kali ars [Kali-ar]
Worst hours 2 to 3 a. m. (Kali carb.).
Worse touch : noise.
Can’t get too warm, even in summer.
Worse every other day, or every third day.
Aralia rac [Aral]
Asthma; loud wheezing with cough.
Worse evening and night; after first sleep; after short sleep; after a nap. would suffocate if did not sit up.
Expectoration warm and salty.
Attacks 3 a.m. ( Kali carb.). Must spring out of bed ( Arsenicum).
Sudden attacks in the night. Child wakes; sits up; turns blue; gasps for breath; seems almost dying. Then it goes to sleep, to wake up with another attack, again and again.
Asthma with suffocative attacks; may be well when awake, but sleeps into the trouble ( Lachesis, Aral.).
Sambucus has dry heat when asleep, profuse sweat when awake. (Profuse sweat when asleep Conium).
Spasmodic asthma. Violent sudden attacks, last one to three hours, suddenly cease ( Sambucus).
Dreadful spasmodic breathing. Great rattling.
The more the dyspnoea the more the thumbs will be clenched and fingers cramped.
Spasmodic asthma, and violent dry spasmodic cough: will be suffocated.”
A characteristic: strong metallic taste ( Rhus).
Natrum sulph [Nat-s]
Worse hour, 4 to 5 a.m.
Worse wet weather: warm wet ( worse cold dry Aconite, Hepar, Nux).
Great dyspnoea; violent attacks.
Profuse greenish purulent expectoration.
Dyspnoea with cough and copious expectoration. Humid asthma.
“If in a child, give it as first remedy.”
From damp weather; cold damp dwellings; night air.
Worse lying on left side.
In pneumonia of left lower chest.
Loose cough with soreness and pain through left chest ( Bryonia, with dry cough).
Springs up in bed ( Arsenicum) and holds chest.
Pain lower left chest (lower right chest, Arsenicum).
“Asthma humidum”: loose cough and rattling of mucus. Worse cold, wet weather ( Nat sul.)
From suppressed sweat. From going from heat into icy cold. (Its “Chronic” is Sulph.).
“Violent degree of dyspnoea, with wheezing and great precordial weight and anxiety.”
Asthmatic bronchitis. Suffocates and gags with cough; spits up a little blood ( Ferrum).
Has to sit up….. to breathe.
Gasps for air at the open window.
Worse warmth; better open air ( Pulsatilla).
“Suffocative cough; stiffens out, turns red or blue, gags or vomits.” Kent.
“Hands and feet drip cold sweat.”.
Antimonium tart. [Ant-t]
Dyspnoea: must be supported in sitting position.
Great accumulation of mucus with coarse rattling ( Ipecac., but Ipecac. has great expulsive power), filling up with it, with inability to raise it.
Especially in children and old people.
Suffocative shortness of breath. Chest seems full, but less and less is raised ( Zincum met.).
Increasingly weak, drowsy, sweaty and relaxed.
Great drowsiness-almost to coma.
Face pale, or cyanotic.
Nausea and loathing of food. Thirstless.
Irritable: won’t be touched or disturbed.
Aconite is sudden, violent, acute.
“Agony: sits straight up: can hardly breathe. Pulse a thread.
Sweats with anxiety.”
Asthma from active hyperaemia of lungs and brain.
Face red: eyes staring: after emotions.
“A great storm, sweeps over and passes away.”
From exposure to cold, dry wind ( Hepar, Spongia).
Fear: anxiety, “Going to die.” Restlessness.
Anxious, short, difficult breathing (? with open mouth). With protruding tongue, Psorinum)
“Never give Aconite where the sickness is borne with calmness and patience.”
Ailments from fright, shock, vexation, Cold, Dry Winds.
Cardiac dyspnoea, and the most violent forms of asthma.
Dryness of air passages; whistling, wheezing, seldom rattling.
Must sit up and bend forward ( Arsenicum, Kali carb.).
At times, after dyspnoea, white, tough mucus, difficult to expectorate (? has to be swallowed).
Feels as if breathing through a sponge.
Worse cold, dry wind ( Aconite, Hep).
Anxiety and fear ( Aconite).
Kali nit [Kali-n]
Asthma with violent dyspnoea: rapid gasping breathing; faintness; nausea.
Thirsty, but can only drink in sips between breaths.
Dull stitches or burning pain in chest.
External coldness; internal burning.
Violence. Face flushed. Staring look.
Desire for light and company. Cannot bear to be alone.
Worse is dark and solitude.
Yet worse bright light. Looking into light.
Asthma after a fit of anger ( Arsenicum, Rhus, Ignatia).
Suffocative dyspnoea. “Chest not wide enough.”
Windpipe as if tied together with a string (? with or from accumulation of flatus).
Better bending head backwards; in cold air; from drinking cold water.
Hard, dry cough; coughs in sleep ( Arnica, Lachesis, etc.).
Coughs when angry. Impatience of suffering.
Irritable and capricious.
One cheek flushed.
Asthma after midnight: must sit up.
Better walking slowly about and talking.
Suffocative fits, with warmth of neck and trunk, and limbs cold.
Oppression from orgasm of blood, expectoration of blood ( Ipecac.).
“Cough impossible, lest something burst”, or tear loose. All tense and stretched.
Throat feels strangled. Suffocation: can’t bear anything about throat ( Lachesis).
Warm room unbearable. Worse warm drinks; heat of fire. Better cold.
“As if every breath would be his last.”
Worse bending forwards or backwards (reverse of Kali carb., etc.; reverse of Chamomilla).
Attacks with violence and rapidity.
Especially useful in acute attacks.
Chest constricted, squeezed, cage; as if normal movement prevented by an iron band.
Congestion of blood in chest-cannot lie down.
Cardiac asthma ( Aurum, Naja., Lachesis).
May occur in sleep ( Sulph.) and not wake.
Attacks of suffocation in sleep; when falling asleep; on walking; after sleep ( Sambucus).
Better bending forward ( Arsenicum, Kali carb.).
Worse covering mouth, nose; touching throat.
Worse motion of arms; after talking.
Wants doors and windows open ( Apis, Pulsatilla)
Useful in cardiac asthma ( Cact., Aurum, Naja).
Typical Lachesis is purple, suspicious, loquacious.
A great remedy for asthma, especially cardiac asthma” ( Cact., Aurum, Lachesis). “The breathing is so bad that he cannot lie down.”
Nervous palpitation; can’t speak for choking.
Wakes suffocating, gasping, choking ( Lachesis).
Inability to lie on left side.
“Our most useful remedy in a cardiac state with very few symptoms.”.
Suffocative fits with spasmodic constriction of chest.
Asthma from congestion of chest.
Face bluish red, cyanotic.
Palpitation: falls down unconscious.
Deepest depression; hopeless; suicidal.
Worse warm wet ( Nat sul., Lachesis, Carbo veg.).
Extremely difficult breathing from constriction of chest ( Cact.). Want of breath, hysterical.
Asthma with sensation of lump above sternum.
Worse shortest exposure to cold during paroxysm.
Deep breath relieves pressure in epigastrium.
Attack often preceded by prickling in all over, even to fingers and toes.
Urine; deep red. with much red sediment.
Difficult breathing with cardiac symptoms.
Asthmatic dyspnoea; from any little exertion; from music; from excitement.
“Asthma of old people and children.”
Violent spasmodic cough with eructations.
Distension with much flatulence; (<) after eating.
Worse presence of others. Can only pass stool, or urinate ( Natrum mur.) when alone.
“Hysteria of old age.”.
Nux vomica [Nux-v]
“Asthma from every disordered stomach.”
“Connected with imperfect and slow digestion.”
“Something disagrees, and he sits up all night with asthma.”
Nux is oversensitive; to noise, light, least draught. Is touchy.
Craves stimulants; something to brace him up.
“Selects his food, and digests almost none.”
Worse morning: after eating; from cold air.
Asthma with great distension.
Feels will burst: must loosen clothes.
Asthma and dyspnoea in catarrh of chest.
Forehead frowning; alae nasi flap; inability to expectorate ( Zincum met.).
Hours of aggravation (especially of fever), 4 to 8 p.m.
Carbo veg [Carb-v]
Asthma with great flatulent distension.
Desperate cases of asthma; patient appears to be dying.
Air hunger: “Fan me fan me”
Coldness and collapse: cold face, breath.
Asthma ever since whooping-cough, etc.
Asthma of sailors as soon as they go ashore.
Asthma of fair and fat children, “like Pulsatilla but where Pulsatilla fails.”
Gasping, wheezing, rattling; spasmodic closure of glottis.
“Can’t breath deeply enough.”
Must sit up in bed. Constriction.
“Air passages full of smoke.”
Peculiar symptom: Coldness in larynx.
Worse from dust.
Among Hahnemann’s Chronic Remedies Of Constitutions ( His “Anti-Psorics, Anti-Syphilitics And Anti-Sycotics”) that may be needed for Asthma, are.
The more chronic cases with dyspnoea and oppression of chest.
Chest, rattling and heat: especially Ii a.m.
Sensation of a band, or load.
“Every cold ends in asthma” ( “Dulcamara but the deep acting remedy to follow may be Sulph.”).
Sulph. is warm; hungry; often craves fat; kicks off the bedclothes or puts feel out.
The “ragged philosopher” type.
Asthma; anxious dyspnoea and palpitation.
Worse sitting up; better lying; the wider apart he can keep his arms, the better he breathes.
Worse in open air.
Thinks he will die; will fail in business.
“A chilly edition of Sulphur.”
From suppressed eruptions ( Arsenicum, Sulphur).
After suppression of rash ( Arsenicum), of menses; in hysteria.
Worse evenings; after eating. As if throat and chest constricted; or as if fumes of sulphur had been inhaled. (Full of smoke, Bromium)
In the Pulsatilla type: mild, weepy, craves sympathy; intolerant of heat; craves air. Not hungry; not thirsty; not constipated.
Changeable symptoms, mental and physical.
“Humid asthma. Coarse rattling. Chest seems filled with mucus; seems as if he would suffocate.
Asthma of old ‘sycotics’, or children of such.
Pale, waxy, anaemic, with prostration and thirst.” – Kent.
Asthma from suppressed gonorrhoea ( Thuja).
Worse cold; draught; thunderstorms.
From checked perspiration or foot-sweat.
Often fetid, or suppressed fetid foot-sweats.
Head sweats profusely at night.
Can’t expectorate: if he can is relieved.
Kali bich [Kali-bi]
With ropy mucus; stringy, tough, lumpy.
Worse cold, damp.
In persons with a T.B. history or family history.
“Takes cold every time he gets a breath of fresh air.” Yet craves fresh air.
Asthma with T.B. history-or family history; or after whooping cough.
Asthma, where the cough is violent, especially with spasmodic and constricting pains in abdomen, throat, chest, etc.
Worse at night.
Short breath from mucus in trachea (Arsenicum). from fullness and constriction upper abdomen.
Sensation of adhesion of lungs.
Drops in sleep.
Worse from onions.
Cases that follow vaccination; or many vaccinations; or bad vaccination.
After gonorrhoea, or offensive green discharges.
Greenish expectoration ( Nat sul.) – in a.m.
Copious sweat; offensive; pungent; sweetish.
Peculiar symptom, sweat only on uncovered parts.
Worse cold damp ( Nat. sul.) 3 a.m. ( Kali carb.).
A left side remedy. “Often the chronic of Arsenicum”.
“Asthma: choking from weakness or spasm of epiglottis.
Larynx stopped so that no air can enter.
Only (>) by lying on face and protruding tongue.”
Better seaside ( Bromium).
Where asthma is connected, even remotely, with gonorrhoea ( Thuja).
Worse at night; night a dreadful time.
“In syphilitic-looking kids.”
“Attacks only at night, after lying down, or during a thunderstorm.”
Aggravation from sunset to sunrise.
Queer sensation, “as if sternum were being drawn to dorsal vertebrae” (as if navel drawn to spine, Platina, Plumb.).