According to the University of Chicago Medical Centre, over 200 chronic lung disorders can be classed as Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). ILD, or Pulmonary Fibroses, refers to scar tissue that occurs in the lungs surrounding the air sacs. Homeopathy works by jump-starting the body’s natural defenses to external triggers or stimuli so the immune system can start healing the internal damage. Homeopathic Medicine can slow the progression of Interstitial Lung Disease and relieve some of the painful symptoms.
ILD can occur for many different reasons, and it is usually not contagious, is non-malignant and is considered to be a chronic condition. All forms of Interstitial Lung Disease are the result of inflammation in the air sacs, blood vessels or small airways connected to the lungs. The symptoms can vary between person to person according to UAB Medicine. In every case, inflammation causes the scarring that results in the sufferer finding it extremely difficult to breathe comfortably.
A few of the known factors that can result in ILD are diseases such as sarcoidosis, scleraderma, exposure to radiation, genetic causes and even certain pharmaceuticals.
As the symptoms are so varied between patients, each case of Interstitial Lung Disease is unique and has different characteristics. However, some common symptoms to watch out for are weight loss, weakness, loss of appetite, chest discomfort, dry cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and even hemorrhaging of the lungs, in extreme cases.
According to a book by O.A Julian called ‘Materia Medica of New Homeopathic Remedies’, Beryllium can provide relief to those suffering from sarcoidosis. Considered to be a multi-system disease, sarcoidosis results in granulomas or nodules forming in the lungs and can spread around the body and into other organs. Studies have indicated that homeopathic Berryllium can be used as an alternative treatment for sarcomas that develop in lung cancer patients. It is indicated for those who experience pain and difficulty breathing that is made worse through movement. Beryllium can also help those with emphysema and a deep, dry cough.
Dr. William Boericke writes in his book’ Materia Medica and Repertory’ that Silica is useful for cases of silicosis. This disease commonly occurs in stonecutters or other workers who regularly breathe in large amounts of fine dust or those who have been exposed to asbestos. It is characterized by thickening, scarring and fibroid development of the lung tissue. Those who may benefit from Silica will be especially sensitive to the cold and experience cold hands and feet, loss of appetite and prostration of the mind. Taking Silica can provide relief from stitching pains, coughing, phlegm and hemorrhaging of the capillaries.
Reverse Chronological Tautopathy
According to Manfred Mueller, president of the North American Society of Homeopaths, reverse chronological tautopathy (RCT) can be used to treat those who have damaged their bodies through the use of heavy pharmaceuticals. RCT is a homeopathic technique that involves creating remedies using the medication that caused the damage. Common medications such as Prozac, Macrodantin, Cytoxin, Paxil and Effexor are taken in homeopathic form to relieve the symptoms of whichever disease they are responsible for such as pulmonary fibrosis. Each remedy is created according to its corresponding drug picture that can be found in the ‘PDR Guide to Drug Interactions and Side Effects’.
Interstitial Lung Disease is a serious condition that should never be self-managed. It is essential to seek out an experienced homeopathic practitioner who will assess your condition and overall health to devise a personalized treatment plan. You can purchase homeopathic remedies through your chosen practitioner who will also offer guidance on the correct way to utilize them.
Manfred Mueller RSHom(NA), CHC; North American Society of Homeopaths; Asheville, NC
“Materia Medica of New Homeopathic Remedies”; O.A. Julian; 1999
“PDR Guide to Drug Interactions and Side Effects”; Physcians Desk Reference Staff and Medical Economics; 2005
University of Chicago Medical Center: Interstitial Lung Disease Program
UAB Medicine–University of Alabama: Interstitial Lung Disease (Pulmonary Fibrosis)
“Materia Medica and Repertory”; William Boericke; 1998
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