Delhi Smog, health hazards and Homoeopathy

The increasing pollution and farm fires in the vicinity have created a rather smoggy environment in Delhi, the capital of India. While its exposure is inevitable to the residents, there are some precautions which can be taken to avoid direct inhalation of such toxic smoke.
1. Face Masks- While any and everything, ranging from a scarf to handkerchief to ordinary surgical mask, used to cover your face during exposure to smog is helpful, there are certain face masks to be precisely thought of in such conditions. One such example is a 3M particulate face mask. This respirator is designed to help provide quality air and reliable respiratory protection. 3M’s proprietary filter media and Advanced Electret Media filters dust and other particles while allowing for natural breathing.
2. Air purifiers- Installing this inside house can help breathe purified air which continuously gets filtered through the purifier. Among those the one’s with UV-C sanitizers should be preferred.
3. Remaining indoors in peak hours of smog i.e. early morning and late night can help prevent excessive inhalation of direct pollution.

While precaution is always better than cure, there are excellent Homoeopathic medicines which are helpful for various consequences of smog inhalation says Dr Surbhi Gupta Khandelwal. A dry cough, irritation in eyes, headache, and shortness of breath. Since sensitive people can be continuously affected till the causative factor i.e. smog is present in air, it is advisable to take homeopathic medicines in such cases where prolonged medication with minimal side effects can be provided esp, for children.

Homeopathy for cough and cold

Whenever the weather changes, there is an increase in the number of a cough and cold patients at local clinics and physicians. The increase is mostly due to respiratory viruses and allergies at work. Moreover, changes in our food habits, changes in immunity, and relatively poor hygiene can make us more susceptible to infections and thus increase chances of falling sick.

1. Shorter days in winter reduces our exposure to direct sunlight which in turn can cause Vitamin D deficiency and thus weaken our immune system.

2. The dry and cold winter air dry our nasal passage out and simply irritate the throat and lungs. Some breathing problems due to blockage and cold-induced asthma are not very surprising.

3. A cough caused by breathing smoggy air is very common. Coughing induced by smog is often painful because of constant uneasiness in the chest and throat.

The worst part is that coughing is not dependent on seasonal changes only. Looking at the erratic climate changes taking place daily, people with a healthy immune system also catch up respiratory infections.

Homeopathy is one of the very effective alternative medicines. Instead of focussing on temporary relief, go Homeopathy aims to treat the underlying cause that triggers a cough and cold. Homeopathy emphasizes on identifying the root causes of the ailment before initiating the treatment. Every sign and symptom may require different medication and hence it is best to consult a reliable homeopathic consultant, says Dr. Surbhi Gupta Khandelwal, MD Homeopathy, Nutritionist, and Dietician.

There are two major types of a cough.
follow site Dry: The coughs are unproductive and irritating. Usually feels more like a tickle and expels small amount or no mucus. Wet: The coughs are productive and continuously discharge mucus secreted in chest or throat.

Homeopathic treatment approach:
For treatment and identifying a homeopathic medicine, the practitioner takes an understanding of the defining characteristics:
The Causes
Type of ailment
Type of secretions
Aggravating and ameliorating modalities

Likes and dislikes of patients are also required to noted during infection.

All these factors make it a combined source of information for the doctor to determine the correct medication as different types of coughs and different people will need different remedies for treatment.

Homoeopathic medicines – Safe and cost effective


Doctors at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital (now the Royal London Hospital of Integrated Medicine) conducted a review of the safety of homeopathy. Papers published between 1970 and 1995 were studied for reports of adverse effects of homeopathy.

The vast majority of adverse effects reported in clinical trials were temporary aggravations of symptoms or other mild and transient effects (mostly headaches, tiredness, skin eruptions, dizziness or diarrhea). Only a very few isolated reports of proper adverse effects were attributable to homeopathic medicines.

The authors of the review concluded: “Homeopathic medicines in high dilutions, prescribed by trained professionals, are probably safe and unlikely to provoke serious adverse reactions”.

One of the expressed reasons for the popularity of homeopathy among patients is that it does not have the side effects associated with many conventional drugs.

Cost benefit

The available evidence suggests that homeopathy has the potential to generate savings through reduced conventional prescribing and demand for other services.

In France, where homeopathy is an integral part of the healthcare system, a government report showed that the total cost of care per patient receiving homeopathic treatment was 15% less than the cost of treatment provided by conventional physicians.

Where India leads the world will follow?

India, being a country with a huge population, must take pragmatic decisions when it comes to managing the health of its citizens. One of its most recent decisions is to draft a national policy for AYUSH (which includes the five disciplines of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) under the universal health insurance scheme, thereby integrating the 5 disciplines into the public health system. This move has been supported at the top level of the Indian Government, including the Indian Prime Minister.

With the new national policy, the Indian Government aims to promote India as a centre of excellence for the AYUSH systems and harness their potential for improving primary and preventive health care.  The policy aims at making the AYUSH systems the preferred choice of treatment in primary care and will set specific targets for regulation and research as well as set standards for AYUSH medicines and treatments. A very conscious aim of the strategy is to fill the gap in the supply of doctors by training AYUSH practitioners to handle primary care needs.

As part of a wider strategy promoting AYUSH, India is seeking to collaborate with WHO and the USA  in research and development of AYUSH. One specific objective will be to establish WHO benchmarks  for the practice of the 5 disciplines.

Bcoz We Only Live Once..!!

An average life expectancy of a person is 75 years. Let us divide life into 3 quarters. 1-25 years, 25-50 years, 50-75 years. First ten years you are not mentally capable of planning your life because you are just a kid. Last ten years i.e., 65-75 years you care a shit about planning life because you had it all and just want peace.  So basically its 55 years what we are dealing with. Not to forget that it is the best case scenario.  If you fight disease,depression, recession etc etc etc then its 55 years you can plan to live.

Now lets take these 55 years. That account for nearly 20,000 days . Out of this every person sleeps average 8 hours a day. that is nearly 1/3rd of your day. On calculating you will realize that out of these 20,000 days that you have, you spend 6500 on sleeping.So u have only 13,500 days to live your life that too  if you are extremely lucky.

I want you to overlook the boring mathematical calculation and focus on the point. The point is this is all you have “13,500 days” . We don’t know what we did before we were born, we don’t know what we will do after we are dead, but what we surely know is that we have these 13,500 days in writing with us.

Imagine when we were kids and dad use to give us some fixed pocket money . We use to divide it so wisely and make full use of it. Same way why can’t we be practical in living the days we have..??

The synonym of Life is “Unpredictability”. One day you think your life is perfect;best family, friends, job, kids , basically anything that any individual wants from life. We take it for granted thinking that we are just born lucky. But its high time to open your eyes and see the reality. You never know if one morning you wake up only to hear that your close relative is dead, or you have a life threatening disease or all the money you invested is lost.  These things can happen. I don’t want to sound pessimist but its the reality of life.

People say money is the most important thing for living life to its fullest. Imagine you have 13,500 $ and as each day is passing you are losing one dollar don’t know when suddenly you might go bankrupt. Use each penny to the core i.e. in other words live each day to the fullest.

Design each day in your own way. Live with the people you want to spend your time with. Eat what you love , buy what you like. Each day make sure that before sleeping you have that smile on your smile , the one you get when you are satisfied….!!

~ Surbhi Gupta