Cold is common only to those who have a nose, which means that no individuals can claim that they have not fallen prey to bouts of cold and cough. Then there are those who have never stopped suffering from cold and cough.
The common belief that common cold is curable without medicine in seven days and it is also well known that with proper medication it usually takes a week’s time for the cold to subside.
In my two decades plus of practicing homoeopathy I have noticed that people suffer not for a mere week or two but week after week all through the year (Specially so in Bangalore weather) from this disease. What is named as ‘common cold’ is most pinching to those whose unfortunate feet get the shoe bite.
So also is the case of allergies. A task, which we indulge in involuntarily all the time, till the very last breath, one deemed veritably simple, that of breathing is made difficult by wheezing. This is the case with asthmatics to whom this simple task of breathing a big burden, imagine how they will be address or accomplish the more difficult tasks of life in this condition.
Once allergy or asthma takes on an individual it is believed that this is for a lifetime. But by following the natural principles of homoeopathy I have personally cured thousands of cases of individuals who have suffered from asthma and acute colds for years and are now literally heaving relief that it is a thing of the past.
If dust, smoke, pollution and such are the contributory factors, then there are also examples of individuals who work in cement godown or as garbage collectors and dust cleaners who have not once been touched by acute cold or cough. Then there too are instances of individuals who sneeze incessantly when a neighbor dusts his sheets a mile away. Periodical usage of medication on the eruption of allergies is akin to giving bananas to a crying baby… where it is an endless wait for the next wail.
This is where the efficacy of homoeopathy sets in strong, as it looks at the individual who is susceptible to any disease taking into consideration his heredity, environment and individualistic traits. Doing so it advocates the identification and treatment of the man behind the disease instead of bombarding him with medicines for each of his spare parts. The cure is a mirage if each individual is treated by generalizing the disease and providing the same medicine. The constitution of no two men are alike during health as well as in sickness, hence the rule that should necessarily follow suit is that each individual should be given the specific medicine for his constitution along with the general medicine.
Analyzing the conditions of cold some of the common aspects observed and treated accordingly are, aggravation of symptoms during the rainy season would entail the administration of NAT. Sul. If the same complaint is worsened in summer then NAT. MUR. Is to be given. In winter this symptom would draw attention to HEP. Sul. And in typical Bangalore weather DULC. MURA is to be given.
If asthmatics are better when they are moving about then RHUS. TOX is prescribed and SEPIA. If the patients are used to a fan then CARBO. VEG. is applied. People preferring to stay indoors are cured by ARS. ALB. For those to whom open air suits better DEULCAMARA is given. For those suffering from the same in the seacoasts MEDORHINUM is to be given. If the symptom occurs before exams or due to tensions or before facing an interview then GELSAMIUM is to be resorted to.
The scheme of the medicine flow furthers on the same lines of cause and effect theory. What is termed as allergic asthma holds different strains of treatment in homoeopathy.
Going a step further I can safely assert that what is recognized to be a causative factor for allergy viz., dust, parthanium, etc., is cured by medicines prepared from the same dust and parthanium, paying heed to the basic tenet of homoeopathy that states that ‘what can cause can cure.’ This tenet has to be applied in symmetry with the constitutional corrective treatment to cure the personality from the holistic perspective of the mind, body and the intellect.
The psycho-dynamics of allergy is that if you cannot cry, then your lungs will. This is certainly true, for those who keep a lot of grief, emotional upsets, disappointments, resentments, untold miseries and those who cannot communicate their feelings, problems, deep secrets, hurts or insecure feelings for varied reasons are more prone to wheezing.
Here homoeopathy affords a closer look at these individuals separately. When one treats them individually they are seen to have shown definite improvements. Another factor with allergies and asthma is that of people pointing out that these are minor ailments that they will outgrow in due course. Contrary to this there are many instances of patients who have crossed their middle age and are looking for some relief after decades of suffering. The basic constitutional corrective treatment is more effective when administered at the point of aberration at an early age instead of waiting for years before effecting a cure.
The most important aspect observed after treating thousands of cases is that the skin and lung problems generally alternate, this is for the simple reason that they both originate from the same layer (Ectoderm) in the developmental stages of the fetus. People who approach me with allergic colds and asthma get this as an effect of treatment of skin that has channeled the existing disease to a new form. A clear-cut case of syndrome shift from a lesser important organ to a more important one. This is against the nature natural laws of healing.
In the same way after the successful treatment of allergic cold and asthma, a skin complaint may erupt which is a good sign if the body is trying to dirt out a disease, this is akin to throwing away dust from inside the house.
In all this it is important to scrutinize the individuals relationship with family, work-spot and society before treating the individual and further remember that homoeopathy considers the man as a composite whole and treats him instead of treating the disease. Thus underlining the effectiveness of the prescribed medication.