Case Report: The Use of Injectable Homeopathy for Asthma and Bronchitis

Case Report: The Use of Injectable Homeopathy for Asthma and Bronchitis

Introduction

Asthma is a severe pulmonary condition which afflicts millions of people worldwide and whose prevalence is increasing.( 1) Asthma must be managed in a multidisciplinary way, including both medication and education. Conventional medications, including anti-inflammatory agents and short-acting broncho-dilators, can be used concomitantly with antihomotoxic remedies.( 2)

Bronchitis is a respiratory tract infection which causes bronchial inflammation. In up to 95% of acute cases, the cause is viral. A night cough, wheezing, rhonchi, a prolonged expiratory phase, or other signs may be present, but are not diagnostic. While antibiotics are often prescribed for patients with acute bronchitis, there is little evidence that these agents provide significant symptomatic relief or even shorten the course of the infection.( 2, 3, 4)

This report focuses on the use of antihomotoxic preparations in the treatment of asthma and bronchitis, administered both parenterally and orally. Similar to the delayed use of antibiotics( 5), one can combine both approaches depending on the individual case and use the allopathic medication if the antihomotoxic medication is insufficient, or when the disease becomes life-threatening. We can also make use of injections of antihomotoxic remedies for those patients who are already on allopathic medicine, as an additional help or as a second choice in those patients who experience serious side effects to allopathic treatment.

In my practice, I prefer to inject an ampule of Traumeel(R) or Engysiol(R) subcutaneously into the reflex zone of the bronchi. Both injections on the sternal side and on the dorsal side can be given. The injection technique is discussed in more detail in reference 2.

Two clinical cases are presented to illustrate the injection strategy.

Case 1

A 43-year-old man had been suffering from asthma for 6 years and was using cortisone inhalators for two years. A few weeks earlier he had an asthmatic crisis for which he was administered methylprednisolone, starting with 32 mg, then lessening to 16 mg a day. One week later, he came to see me because he was tired of the corticosteroids he had been given. This was his fourth crisis in five months.

I explained to him that cortisone inhalators and antihomotoxic remedies could be combined in order to determine the effectiveness of the antihomotoxic approach. I gave him weekly injections of Engystol(R) in the sternal part of the thorax( 2) and also prescribed oral Engystol(R), 4 tablets a day. After 4 weeks of treatment, the cortisone inhalators were discontinued. I continued the treatment with both the Engystol(R) tablets and the injection approach, one injection every three weeks for several months, and he suffered no more attacks during the next twelve months.

Case 2

A 56-year-old woman with recurrent bronchitis came to see me because she had a vaginal inflammation after taking a course of antibiotics. Although the antibiotics were very effective, she did not want to use them anymore. Since her regular physician had no other solution for her problem, she came to see me for a second opinion. Three times a week I gave her subcutaneous injections of Traumeel(R) in the sternal part of the thorax.( 2) I took the skin between two fingers and added 2 ml of 0.3% lidocaine, succussed 10 times, to the Traumeel(R) ampule to make the injections less painful. I also prescribed Drosera-Homaccord(R), 3 doses of 10 drops a day. The results of this treatment were comparable to the antibiotic treatment, except for the lack of side effects with the antihomotoxic treatment.

Conclusion

The above-described clinical cases are no more than a "what I do in my practice." Such case reports offer no proof of either the reliability, validity, or true efficacy of this approach. However, one cannot know what is best for the patient unless such procedures have been rigorously tested. Although research on homeopathy still struggles to prove its effectiveness on a scientific basis( 6) several antihomotoxic preparations have been tested with good results.( 2)

To verify the effectiveness of the medicines suggested in this text, more large-scale clinical studies are necessary. The new textbook on injectable homeopathy( 2) can be regarded as an invitation to do more controlled studies of injectable biotherapeutics in the near future.

References
(1.) Lundback B. Epidemiology of rhinitis and asthma. Clin Exp Allergy. (1998 Jun) 28 Suppl 2:3-10.

(2.) Kersschot, J. Biopuncture and Antihomotoxic Medicine. Aartselaar, Inspiration ed., November 1998. (ISBN: 90-802503-3-3).

(3.) Hueston WJ. Antibiotics: neither cost effective nor `cough' effective. J Fam Pract. (1997 Mar) 44 (3):261-65.

(4.) MacKay DN. Treatment of acute bronchitis in adults without underlying lung disease. J Gen Intern Med. (1996 Sep)11 (9):557-62.

(5.) Clément R. Resistant germs, resistant physicians. Bio Ther. (1997 Jun):69

(6.) Ernst E. Homeopathic research at Exeter University. Bio Ther. (1998 Oct):283-84.

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By Jan Kersschot

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