Asthma is an affection of the chest, characterized by distressing inability of the person suffering from it to inspire sufficient air to fill the lungs. The term, although applied by medical men to a defined disease, is used popularly to denote any difficulty of breathing, from whatever cause occurring, whether from disease of the heart, or any of the varied affections of the lungs. Asthma, although a nervous or spasmodic affection, is very frequently connected with actual changes in the lungs themselves. Asthmatic fits come on at irregular intervals; for several days, or rather nights, successively, the patient is attacked, and a considerable time may then elapse before he again suffers; not that a regular asthmatic is in the interval entirely free from uneasiness, for there is generally some slight oppression of the breathing, liable to be aggravated by slight causes. Changes in the weather, peculiarity of situation, errors in diet, anxiety, fatigue, mental excitement, may any of them induce a paroxysm of asthma in the predisposed.


Arsenicum, worse at night, patient has to sit up in bed, almost constant cough, cold perspiration. Carbo. veg., stomach full of wind; belching of wind gives brief relief. Ipecac, constant loose cough, causes gagging but no raising of phlegm. Lachesis, worse after sleep, after eating, or moving the arms, or touching the throat outside. Nux vomica for persons who drink much tea or coffee or liquors, or have taken large doses of drugs; irritable, much wind in stomach, costive. Opium.long, slow snoring, breathing. Better in cold air; worse after eating,drinking wine or smoking.