A chronic cough may be due to a combination of factors
This is why a good homeopath takes time to listen to the patient’s point of view and his or her experience. A good homeopath also carefully explores the patient’s medical and personal history in order to find out how or why the cough may have come about and why it has not stopped yet.
In spite of all this diligent work, in some cases no reason can be found apart from a constitutional or inherited tendency or weakness. But especially in these cases homeopathy can excel, because it is one of the very few therapies that can improve such inherent weaknesses, as long as they are not based on congenital birth defects. To give an example, an inherent weakness might be a condition running on the mother’s side of the family through several generations. This might be the tendency to suffer from allergies or recurrent sore throats or migraines in grandmother, aunt, uncle, daughter and granddaughter. This is something a good homeopath can address with carefully selected remedies. Conversely, a congenital defect such as a missing kidney cannot be reversed. Although, homeopathy could still help to optimise the remaining kidney’s function.
In the case of a chronic cough, we may therefore see several generations in one family suffering from recurring or chronic respiratory complaints, such as bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, croup, bronchiolitis or COPD. In many such cases there is a case of Tuberculosis in a pervious generation too.
Another possible scenario is that with each generation the respiratory weakness moves deeper inside the body. In this way, the grandmother may suffer from chronic rhinitis, the daughter may suffer from recurrent laryngitis and the grandchild from recurring lingering coughs.
There is also a connection between the so-called atopic conditions. These are hay fever, eczema, asthma and urticaria. In a child with a chronic cough we may therefore find the mother suffering from urticaria and the father from hay fever.