Skip Navigation Links
 



                     


 



   
    Learn More     Subscribe    
Join Now!      Login
 
 
 
FREE HEALTH
NEWSLETTER
 
 
Vitamin D Poll
Are you currently taking a Vitamin D supplement?
 
 
 
 
H
erbal Medicine
 
An acute, highly communicable bacterial disease, characterizedby a paroxysmal or spasmodic cough that usually ends in a prolonged, high-pitched, crowing inspiration (the whoop).

Bordetella pertussis, the bacteria that causes pertussis, is contacted by it breathing in after it has been coughed or sneezed out by an infected person, especially during the catarrhal and early paroxysmal stages. Individuals are not infectious after the third week of the paroxysmal coughing. The incubation period averages 7 to 14 days. B. pertussis invades the respiratory mucosa causing increased secretion of mucus, initially thin and later viscid and not easily moved. The disease lasts about 6 weeks and has 3 clear stages:

  1. Catarrhal stage. Starts slowly with sneezing, free flowing tears and other signs of the common cold. Anorexia, listlessness and a troublesome, hacking nocturnal cough that gradually becomes diurnal. There is rarely a fever in this stage.
  2. Paroxysmal stage. Develops after 10-14 days. There are 5 to 15 rapidly consecutive coughs followed by the characteristic whoop, a hurried, deep inspiration. After a few normal breaths another paroxysm may begin. Large quantities of thick viscid mucus may be expelled during the paroxysms. Vomiting following the paroxysms is characteristic.
  3. Convalescent stage. Usually begins within 4 weeks with the paroxysms becoming less frequent, and the patient looking and feeling better.

System Support
Long term immune support is essential following such an infection. In addition will be support of the respiratory system and even the cardio-vascular system.

Specific Remedies:
The European herbal tradition proposes a number of herbs as possible specific remedies. However, they are not dramatically effective and do not replace the need for appropriate anti-biotic treatment, rather they support it. These herbs include both anti-microbial and anti-spasmodic remedies:
Drosera rotundifolia (Sundew)
Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)
Pinguicula vulgaris (Butterbur)
Prunus serotina (Wild Cherry Bark)
Eryngium planum (Sea Holly)

One possible prescription: For Pertussis or other paroxysmal coughs:
Thymus vulgaris
Drosera
rotundifolia
Prunus
serotina
Pimpinella
anisum --- --- --- equal parts to 100.0g
1 teaspoonful to a cup of boiling water. Infuse for 20 minutes. 1 cup several times daily. Hot infusions are valuable in that they replace lost fluids and promote diaphoresis.
Add your comment      
About The Author
Whilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary wholeness and responsibility for it with hope, he as an individual had to be whole within himself....more
 
Share   Facebook   Buzz   Delicious   Digg   Twitter  
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Our Sponsor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Featured Events
Wellness Inventory Certification Training
     September 16-December 16, 2014
     Teleclass, CA USA
 
Additional Calendar Links
 
Wellness, Self Responsibility, Love, dimension!

Search   
Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Find a Practitioner       Healthy Products       Bookstore       Wellness Inventory
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Wellness Center       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Free Newsletter      What Doctor's Don't Tell You      Stevia.com      Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us

Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.