It is a prevalent disease, affecting more than 300 million people and resulting to more than 400,000 deaths worldwide in 2016, according to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Children are the most common victims of the disease, but adults can also develop asthma even if they did not have it when they were young. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the known causes of asthma are genetic, environmental and occupational factors.
There is still no accepted cure for the disease, but asthma attacks can be prevented if a person knows the things that trigger the attacks. Tobacco smoke, dust mites, outdoor air pollution, cockroach allergens, pets, molds, smoke from burning wood or grass and infections like the flu are the most common triggers, although a person's trigger(s) can be different from others'.
Aside from knowing and avoiding the possible triggers, natural remedies in the form of homeopathic treatment can also be applied to prevent or treat asthma symptoms. (Related: Fed up with steroids and asthma inhalers? Try the benefits of herbs as natural treatment for asthma.)
Homeopathic Medicine, or homeopathy, was developed in the 1700s in Germany. The philosophy of this treatment is based on the idea that the body can heal itself. This means that giving a person a substance that triggers the symptoms of his/her disease, known as 'like cures like', enhances the body's healing processes, allowing it to regain homeostasis. This treatment uses pills or liquid solutions containing active ingredients from plants or minerals.
In a review conducted by the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy in India, researchers found that using homoeopathy in treating asthma satisfied the patients. According to the researchers, one positive effects of homoeopathy is its ability to control acute episodes of asthma. The team added that patients reported reduced frequency and intensity of asthma attacks after trying this type of treatment.
The researchers noted that one of the reasons why people opt to try homoeopathy treatment is its cost-efficiency. Their review was published in the Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy.
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