How to treat pertussis with homeopathy

Pertussis or whooping cough as it is commonly known is an upper respiratory infection. It is an extremely infectious bacterial disease caused by the Bordetella pertussis or Bordetella parapertussis bacteria, causing irrepressible, violent coughing, usually making it hard to breathe. A deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. It is a serious disease that can cause permanent disability in infants, and even death. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, tiny droplets containing the bacteria move through the air, and the disease is easily spread from person to person. The infection usually lasts 6 weeks.

Whooping cough is everywhere; the vaccine has been a miserable failure in the sense of eradication or prevention. On the other side the benefits of Homeopathy are manifold; no side effects can be given over a long duration of time. Especially for a case such like pertussis, these medical attributes are critical. Therefore Homeopathy can be a safe bet and some powerful help kits include:

Antimonium tartaricum - rattling in the chest with a strong loose cough, chest feels like it is full of mucus

Coccus cacti - a tickling in the throat, and feels better in the cold open air and drinking cold liquids

Cuprum metallicum - violent coughing fits that cause a child to turn blue in the face

Drosera - for barking coughs and croup. Dryness and tickling in the throat trigger the cough

Ipecacuanha - used to induce vomiting, for severe suffocative coughs that end in retching, vomiting, or cyanosis with stiffness in the body

Bryonia alba - for a cough that is dry, racking, painful in the chest and head, and made worse from motion and better from being still.

Pertussin - when the cough is dry, choking, and hacking, and triggered by a tickle in the throat or chest

Aconite – when the cough is dry and whistling, burning in the larynx

Hepar Sulph – person is worse in the evening till 12 am, exhibits high level of irritability

Spongia – for a dry, hoarse, barking, sawing cough with dry air passages

Magnesium phosphoricum – for severe coughing, convulsive fits of nervous cough ending in a whoop

Lithy Tree - targets the lungs and restores pulmonary function. Exceptionally helpful for severe coughs, bronchial spasm, and bronchitis

European Hornbeam - for spasmodic coughs and bronchitis, is indicated when there is an abundance of mucus

Briar Rose - strengthens a child's immune system. Useful for conditions involving ear, nose, throat, sinuses and chest

Lemon Bark - is used in conjunction for spasmodic coughs, hiccups, headaches and certain migraines

Drosera rotundifolia - when the cough is worse immediately upon lying down to bed at night and/or when the cough flares up after midnight.

Belladonna – a dry, tickling, spasmodic cough emanates from the larynx, may be accompanied with fever

Coccus cacti - the choking cough spells may become more aggravated early in the morning and/or around 11-11:30 p.m.

Ipecacuanha - persistent nausea and may stiffen and become rigid with cough.

Antimonium tartaricum - loud, rattling, mucus-filled chest while coughing.

Cuprum metallicum - violent paroxysms of severe cough lead to suffocation with the lips and face turning blue

Vitamins - vitamin C as ascorbic acid or ascorbate, vitamin A (in beta carotene), vitamin E

Herbs – mullein, elecampane, thyme, licorice, coltsfoot, drosera (sundew)

Drosera 30C - one dose sublingually

Oil – flaxseed oil, cod liver oil, comfrey oil

If you suspect whooping cough, consult your homeopath immediately. Severe coughing can lead to dehydration, exhaustion, and breathing difficulties which can be life threatening. Diet is critical, be sure to include fresh juices, plenty of veggie soups, lots of water, chicken and fish.