Homeopathy Tips for 9/22/09 Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is a cough of caused by a respiratory tract infection of the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. It is also known as pertussis and can reach epidemic proportions, often going through a household effecting mainly children. Most whooping cough cases start as the same symptoms of the common cold. It can be difficult to diagnose in the beginning stages. Usually fever accompanies the initial symptoms. This should be encouraged as it will help fight off the infection. Higher temperatures should be monitored closely. The cough is characterised by inflammation of the mucous membranes and the accumulation of  excessive mucous. It usually has peculiar paroxysms of spasmodic cough ending with a deep noisy inspiration. This often sounds like  “whoop” giving this cough it’s name. The spasmodic fits of coughing often end in vomiting of the tough glairy mucous and difficult respiration.

The bacteria of the disease are spread through contact to an effected person. Droplets of infected saliva or mucous carry the disease. The incubation period for the disease is usually  one week although it can vary. Most whooping cough will resolve in several weeks although stubborn cases can last for months. It has been called the 100 day cough because of its persistent nature.

Usually after the convalescent stage is over, the child has developed life-long immunity. The pertussis vaccine has shown to be mildly effective in the prevention of the disease but has many risks involved. It is usually given in combination with the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in the DPT shot. There is no treatment for the disease from the western medical community but antibiotics are often given to prevent secondary infection.

Because each individual has his/her own unique way of presenting the cough we have many options for homeopathic treatment. During treatment it may be necessary to change remedies based on changing symptoms. Below are a few of the most indicated and useful remedies for whooping cough.

  • Anacardium – The paroxysms are triggered by anger fits. The child will be irritable and malicious and the cough can be excited by talking. There will often be a great disposition to contradict and impulse that are contradictory.
  • Antimonium Tartaricum – The paroxysms are often excited by anger as well. There will be great rattling of mucous in the chest, but none is expectorated.The child will often be whiney with moaning and will want to be left alone. There is usually a lack of thirst and a coated tongue. The respiration is rapid and short with gasping and coughing. It feels as if they will suffocate.
  • Arnica – When the violence of the cough has strained muscles and there is great soreness of the chest. The child will not want to be touched. If the cough causes straining of the capillaries and minor hemorrhage, then Arnica will often relive.
  • Belladonna – When the face become very red during the attack. The cough is dry, barking and violent. The paroxysm usually is worse at night. During the fever stage it can be very useful if there is delirium accompanying a very high fever.
  • Cina – Useful when the child becomes stiff during the coughing spell. After the fit there will be gurgling in the throat and abdomen as if water were being poured out of a bottle. Violent sneezing with the cough. irritability and temper tantrums with the accompanying symptoms of worms, picking their nose. Grinding of teeth.
  • Coccus Cacti – Cough immediately upon waking in the morning  ending in expectoration of clear ropy mucous hanging in great long strings from the mouth. Better in a cool, open airy room and with the covers off.  Hold breath to prevent cough. Face becomes purple during the cough.
  • Corralium rubrum – The paroxysms of cough run so closely together they seem as if one. The “machine gun” cough. The sensation of suffocation prior and during the cough with great exhaustion after. So violent is the cough that the face turns purple. Violence, machine gun cough and exhaustion are the keynotes to this remedy.
  • Cuprum metallicum – Cuprum is even more violent that Coral rub. It has long continued spells of violent cough with great prostration after the attack. Great anxiety between and before the attack. During the attack the child becomes rigid, face becomes blue or very dark, and rattling of mucous in the chest. Convulsions that come on from the attack with contractions of the flexor muscles. Cramps and the thumbs are often tucked into the hand during the cough. Cramps of the fingers and toes. Better from swallowing cold water. Worse from eating and cold air. With rage the child wants to bite and hide.
  • Drosera – Another violent cough remedy. Paroxysms of cough that follow each other rapidly so that the child can scarcely catch his breath. Worse after midnight. Cough often ends in vomiting and is caused by the sensation of a tickle in the throat as of a feather. When exhaling there is a sudden contraction of the abdomen that causes his to heave and excites the cough again. The chest and abdomen must be held to prevent the pain. The cough can also commence once the head hits the pillow.
  • Ipecacuanha – Violent cough with rigidity, loss of breath. The child grows pale, then blue or purple in the face. The cough causes gagging of mucous and vomiting. Wheezing in the chest. Loose or course rattle without expectoration. Often there is blood streaking the mucous  or nosebleed.
  • Kali Bichromicum – Vomiting after cough of viscid or sticky mucous which can be drawn out in long strings.  Expectoration yellowish and not clear like Coccus cacti.
  • Kali Sulpuricum – Cough without vomiting but great retching and gagging. Tongue coated yellow. Mucous yellow from the nose and the whole head is clogged. Ears plugged with yellow mucous. Rattle of mucous in the chest and breathes through the mouth.
  • Mephitis – Spells of cough so violent that it seems as if it would terminate life. Few paroxysms during the day but many at night. Vomiting after cough and after eating. Great warmth of the body and likes to be cooled down by bathing or open air.
  • Mercurius sol – Two paroxysms follow each other rapidly and are separated from the next two by perfect rest.
  • Veratrum album – After the coughing fit the child falls over, exhausted with cold sweat especially on the forehead. This is a greatly prostrated state. Good for epidemics in the autumn season.

Here is a short list of  differentiating symptoms and characteristics of the paroxysms of the major whooping cough remedies shared by the great prescriber Dr K. C. Banja of Calcutta;

  • Long lasting – Cuprum Met., Lob-i
  • Every 15 or 20 minutes, with occasional intervals, lasting an hour – Coral rub
  • Short paroxysms – Bell.
  • Two in quick succession – Merc. Sol, Sulph
  • Two in rapid succession at night, followed by long intervals of rest – Merc. sol
  • Violent – Coral rub., Cupr Met.,  Dros.
  • Drinking aggravates – Cina
  • Better by swallowing cold water – Cupr Met.
  • Brought on by drinking cold water – Ver A.
  • Associated with wheezing – Ipec, Dros
  • Associated with whistling – Cupr Met

Study these remedies from all of the Materia Medica’s you have. This is only a partial list of all remedies listed in the repertory.

There are 195 remedies in the Complete 2005 Repertory;

Cough; WHOOPING (p, 195, 63-276) (195) : Acon., adon., agar., Alco-s., all-c., alth., alum., alumn., Am-br., am-c., am-m., am-pic., Ambr., ambro., Anac., Anan., ang., ant-c., ANT-T., Arg-n., arist-cl., ARN., Ars., ars-i., ars-s-f., arum-t., asaf., asar., aven., bad., Bar-c., bar-m., bar-s., BELL., Brom., Bry., cact., Calc., Calc-p., calth., Caps., Carb-ac., Carb-an., CARB-V., carbn-h., carc., Cast., Cast-v., caul., Caust., cer-ox., cetr., Cham., Chel., Chin., chlol., chlor., cic., CINA, Coc-c., cocain., CON., COR-R., croc., Crot-h., CUPR., Cupr-acet., Cupr-ar., dig., DIOS., DIRC., DROS., Dulc., dys-co., Ephe., erio., ery-a., ery-m., eucal., euph., Euphr., FERR., ferr-ar., Ferr-p., foen., Formal., gaul., glyc-g., Graph., grin., guare., HEP., Hippoz., Hydr-ac., HYOS., hyper., ictod., ign., Ind., indg., iod., IP., Just., Kali-bi., KALI-BR., KALI-C., kali-chl., kali-i., Kali-m., Kali-p., KALI-S., kali-sil., Kreos., Lach., Lact., Laur., Led., LOB., Lyc., Mag-m., mag-p., marr., Meph., merc., mese-c., Mez., mosch., MUR-AC., naphtin., narc-ps., nat-c., Nat-m., nicc., Nit-ac., NUX-V., oena., oeno., ol-j., op., orig., osm., oxyg., par., passi., per., ph-ac., phel., Phos., pimp-a., plan-l., podo., Prim-v., PULS., rhus-t., Rumx., ruta, sabad., salx-a., SAMB., Sang., sanguin-n., sec., senec., Seneg., SEP., Sil., spig., SPONG., Squil., stann., stict., Stram., Sul-ac., SULPH., syph., Tab., tere-ch., THUJ., Thymu., THYMU-V., tong., Trif-p., tub., urt-u., v-a-b., vac., VERAT., verat-v., Verb., verbe-h., verbe-o., Viol-o., Visc., zinc., zinc-p.

Usually giving the remedy in the 30C potency 4 times per day will bring satisfactory results if the remedy is proving to be efficacious. But as in all homeopathic treatment, if the remedy seems to work, it is best to honor the magic of the minimum dose and wait before repeating.  If the remedy worked but seems to fail quickly the higher potency of 200C may be necessary. It also can be given more frequently up to 4 times per day if necessary. Continue treating the person as long as symptoms remain and are still being helped with the remedy. If symptoms change a new remedy may be better indicated. I find giving the remedy for a full 4 days after the cessation of all symptoms is best because of the virulence of the disease.

Because whooping cough can be a persistent and violent disease it should not be approached casually. Homeopathy offers the best support of healing than any other modality if prescribed accurately. As in all infectious disease it is imperative to use good hygiene and cover the mouth when coughing and wash hands frequently. Wearing a mask can  help spread the disease when coughing. If conditions persist consult a professional homeopath or medical doctor.

7 comments so far

  1. Dr M Azizur Rahman on

    This an excellent article of a serious disease like hooping caugh specially for the children.We become very proud of your suggestion and try to follow it.

  2. Monina on

    Thanks Robert for your newsletter and you always helpful suggestions.
    I though whooping cough was extinct, isn’t it?

    Hi Monina, No it is not. I am seeing a few cases right now and a minor epidemic in Australia.

  3. Dr.H.C.Malaker on

    Thanks Dr.Robert Field for your very effective news letter.Your guided information will help us to select proper medicines to the sufferers.Regards,dr.H.C.Malaker

  4. Dr.Sarfaraz Ali on

    Thanks Robert,It is very comprehensive letter and a valuable guide to select proper remedies.Your work is great service to the cause of homeopathic science/

  5. Dr.A.M. Howlader on

    I read with deep attention ur tips on whooping cough and learn many new things.thank u Mr. Robert for providing highly useful guidance on Homeopathic remedies.With this I also have the opportunity to go though the earlier tips on the same page.Thank u again.
    Dr.Abdul Mannan Howlader(Dr.A.M. Howlader)


    Dear Sir/Ma’am,

    Thanks for sending the useful tips throught email. I would be glad if you keep intimating me with substantial information in the near future.

    Sanjiv Nair
    (Writer / Journalist / Art Critic)

  7. Mihir Bhandary on

    I can’t beleave a sacrificed life like you have in world, Thank you sir.may god bless you & long life for homoeopathy &us

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