Dr. Dewey discusses the homeopathy treatment of Asthma in his bestselling book Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics….

Ipecac. [Ip]

      This remedy is a close homoeopathic simile to asthma, especially to the spasmodic variety where the symptoms are great weight and anxiety about the chest; sudden wheezing, dyspnoea, threatening suffocation, aggravated by motion; the cough causes gagging and vomiting. The cough is constant, the chest seems full of phlegm, yet none is expectorated, and the extremities are covered with cold perspiration.

**Lobelia is a remedy which one usually classifies with **Ipecac. It has the great oppression of the chest and a weak sensation in the chest which seems to come from the epigastrium, where there is a feeling of a lump; there is nausea, profuse salivation; the attack is preceded by a pricking sensation through the whole system. It is most useful in bronchial and septic asthmas. The breathing is exceedingly difficult, and is relieved by moving about. A pain extending around the forehead from one temple to other and a pain in the back at the last dorsal vertebra are also useful indications. **Arsenicum is quite similar to Ipecac in asthma, and attacks coming on after midnight lead to the use of this remedy. With Ipecac the expiration is especially difficult; vomiting when it occurs is apt to relieve the attack.

Arsenicum. [Ars]

      As stated above, **Arsenicum has some similarity to **Ipecac, but the time of attacks is just after midnight. The patient has a great deal of anguish and restlessness; he cannot lie down for fear of suffocation. There is anxiety and general sweat, and if the patient drowses off he is awakened with burning pain and soreness in the chest. It is especially the remedy if the disease be chronic and the dyspnoea habitual and dry and the patient aged. **Apis has a suffocative feeling, and the patient does not see how he can get another breath, and the **Bromine patient breathes very deeply as it seems as if he could not get air enough into his lungs, while under Grindelia robusta the patient on falling asleep ceases to breathe and awakes with a start. **Grindelia has been found clinically to benefit humid asthmas and acute catarrhal asthmas, and Halbert states that 5 or 10 drops of the tincture every hour during the paroxysmal state will greatly palliate. Probably in higher potencies it would act curatively for its symptomatology represents the typical paroxysmal features of this disease. It has a peculiar symptom, a fear of going to sleep on account of loss of breath which awakens him. **Viscum album is also clinically recommended. It has weakness of the respiratory and stertorous breathing. The asthma of **Arsenicum is accompanied by great debility and burning in the chest, and it follows **Ipecac well, and is especially useful in anaemic persons. Baehr and Jousset place this remedy at the head of our list for asthma.

Nux vomica. [Nux-v]

      **Nux vomica is a useful remedy when the asthmatic attacks are brought on by gastric disturbances; simple spasmodic asthmas; there is some relief by belching, the patient must loosen the clothing. It must also be thought of in those who drink much coffee or liquor. Irritable bilious temperaments also correspond to the drug. **Zingiber is also a remedy for asthma of gastric origin, and the attacks come on toward morning; the patient must sit up; no anxiety. A good symptom calling for **Nux is a constricted felling at the lower part of the chest. Where there is much abdominal irritation present with much flatulence, **Lycopodium and **Carbo vegetabilis should be thought of. **Carbo vegetabilis also corresponds to the asthma of the aged who are much debilitated; they are greatly oppressed for breath and are relieved by belching wind.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.