A 26 years old gentleman Mr. L. J. S. (Patient Identification Number - 12940) visited our centre on 21st November 2009, for the complaints of Bronchitis. He had severe dry cough since last 2 – 3 months. The cough had started after he shifted from Pune to Mumbai. The cough was continuous, throughout the day and the intensity had increased since last 2 – 3 weeks. It would increase in night, by dust, by continuous talking and consuming cold food or drinks. He also had occasional breathlessness. There was mild cold as well with runny nose. He had taken 2 courses of steroids in the past 3 months, but it did not seem to give any relief. He had a past medical history of taking inhalers every morning in winter 3 – 4 years ago. He had been investigated by the chest physician and his chest x ray and Pulmonary Function Test were normal.
There was no other associated complaint.
His appetite was average with no specific likes or dislikes. His thirst was excessive. He would perspire profusely on face and forehead. There were no complaints with sleep, bowels. He was intolerant to heat.
He was a student of Chemical engineering doing research. He lived in a hostel. His parents were based in Ahmednagar. His father was a retired school teacher, while mother was a home maker. He had 2 elder siblings. The elder sister was married and well settled, while the brother was a teacher.
He had cordial relations with all family members. He was calm, cool headed person. He rarely would get irritated or angry. He was a studious and sober person. He was studying for his Ph.D. from U.D.C.T. His childhood was happy and well supported.
He had suffered from Typhoid and Hepatitis in the childhood.
His mother was suffering from Diabetes. All other family members were apparently healthy.
His case was studied in detail by Dr. Shah and he was prescribed Silicea 200 as a constitutional remedy along with some research based medicine.
In the first follow up after 1 month on 19th December he reported with initial improvement for few days followed by a mild increase in the symptoms. He also took some allopathic medicines.
In the second follow up after 1.5 month on 16th February he reported about 60% improvement. He was feeling much better than before. He did not require any other medication. There was mild increase in runny nose.
In the third follow up after 4 months on 3rd April 2009 he reported with complete recovery. There was no cough or cold.
He was advised to discontinue the medicine.
He reported after around 2 years on 7th January 2012, with the complaints of upper respiratory tract infection since 15 – 20 days. He had taken the conventional as well Ayurvedic treatment but it did not seem to give any relief. This time he decided to resort to homeopathy in the early stage for a speedy and complete recovery.
He was very happy with the outcome of the previous treatment and hoped for the same this time as well.
Homeopathy is a good alternative to steroids and inhalers and helps to cut short the disease. The external bronchodilator, steroid or antihistamine will work for a time being, for 12-24 hours, and one has to keep taking it. Hypersensitive airway disorders need very good care and correction, which blends with nature. Gradually the patient can tolerate the dust, change in temperature, humidity and strong odors, thus indicating normalization.
( Uploded on 14/1/2012 by Dr. M N P)