by Francine Kanter, Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner
Incidence of asthma has risen at an alarming rate in the past several decades. It is now the most common chronic disease of childhood in the developed world. The World Health Organization estimates that 235 million people suffer worldwide. Other estimates are even higher.
Why the upswing? We don’t know for certain. Urban environments are strongly associated with risk of asthma, and people are moving into these areas in increasing numbers worldwide. Evidence has shown that environmental chemicals both inside and outside the home are also associated with asthma. According to a European study, weekly use of common cleaning sprays in the home increased the risk of asthma by 49 percent.
What to do? To address the crisis from a public health standpoint, we need to remove any environmental causes of asthma. Such sustaining factors are what Homeopathy founder, Samuel Hahnemann, has called “obstacles to cure”. But eliminating them will be costly, logistically difficult, and extremely time-consuming to achieve on a society-wide basis.
In the meantime, therapies that can effectively treat non-responders as well as safely decrease use of asthma medications could be very helpful. In fact, development of such therapies has been repeatedly called for in medical research literature. A study published in the October 2012 journal, Homeopathy, found that homeopathy could fit the bill.
Homeopathy for asthma. In this observational study, 30 children, aged 7 to 15 years, were diagnosed with asthma by a pulmonologist and referred to pediatricians at the Homeopathic Clinic of the National Research Center in Cairo. Here, they were treated with individual Homeopathy for six months, as an adjunct to their conventional treatment. All children had been using standard medications (bronchodilator and/or corticosteroid inhalers) regularly in the year before the study, without any change in their asthma severity (meaning their asthma was not getting better or worse).
When the study began, 23 percent of the children were troubled with symptoms throughout the day and 30 percent had symptoms daily. After six months of Homeopathic treatment, no child had symptoms throughout the day and only 7 percent had symptoms daily. Quite an improvement!
After the six months of Homeopathic treatment, not a single child was using their inhaler throughout the day and only 6 percent used inhalers even once a day. All told, 90 percent of the children reduced their inhaler use.
Equally dramatic results were seen in the use of oral corticosteroids, which have the most serious risks of all medications used to control asthma.
When the study began, 90 percent of children were using rounds of oral corticosteroids more than twice a year. After Homeopathic treatment, only 10 percent of children were using medications more than twice a year.
This study adds to a growing evidence base for the Homeopathic treatment of asthma. All observational studies had strongly positive results.
Proof in the pudding. Those who choose to believe that the results achieved in observational trials of Homeopathy are due to placebo, even though equal to or better than results achieved with extensively studied and proven conventional medications, are free to hold such nonsensical beliefs. For it is apparent to an asthmatic child who has improved significantly with Homeopathic treatment, such calculations are likely irrelevant.
Francine Kanter is a Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH) and Registered with the Society of Homeopaths North America (RsHOM(NA). For more information or to make an appointment, contact 754-484-7988, [email protected].com, and visit FKanterhomeopath.com. See ad page 56.