Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for Acute & Chronic Bronchitis (inflammation of the large bronchi)

Bronchitis (Acute/Chronic)
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - LUNG AND BREATHING - BRONCHITIS

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathicproducts for Bronchitis (Acute/Chronic)

General description and overview of Bronchitis (Acute/Chronic)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the large bronchi (medium-size airways) in the lungs. It can lead to pneumonia. Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses or bacteria and may last several days or weeks. Acute bronchitis is characterized by cough and sputum (phlegm) production and symptoms related to the obstruction of the airways by the inflamed airways and the phlegm, such as shortness of breath and wheezing. Diagnosis is by clinical examination and sometimes microbiological examination of the phlegm. Treatment may be with antibiotics (if a bacterial infection is suspected), bronchodilators (to relieve breathlessness) and other treatments.

Acute bronchitis usually lasts a few days. It may accompany or closely follow a cold or the flu, or may occur on its own. Bronchitis usually begins with a dry cough, including waking the sufferer at night. After a few days it progresses to a wetter or productive cough, which may be accompanied by fever, fatigue, and headache. The fever, fatigue, and malaise may last only a few days; but the wet cough may last up to several weeks.

Should the cough last longer than a month, some doctors may issue a referral to an otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) to see if a condition other than bronchitis is causing the irritation. It is possible that having irritated bronchial tubes for as long as a few months may inspire asthmatic conditions in some patients.

Chronic bronchitis is not necessarily caused by infection and is most often part of more serious lung conditions. It is generally part of a syndrome called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The most common chronic bronchitis symptoms are characterized by a persistent cough that produces phlegm for at least three months a year for two consecutive years. Chronic bronchitis can also be more severe.

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Symptoms of Bronchitis (Acute/Chronic)

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An expectorating cough

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Shortness of breath (dyspnea)

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Chronic inflammation of the pharynx along with cough.

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Wheezing

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Chest pains

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Fever

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Fatigue or malaise may also occur

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Further obstruction to the airways is caused by more goblet cells in the small airways. This is typical of chronic bronchitis.

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Bronchitis caused by Adenoviridae may cause systemic and gastrointestinal symptoms as well. However the coughs due to bronchitis can continue for up to three weeks or more even after all other symptoms have subsided. Most doctors rely on the presence of a persistent dry or wet cough as evidence of bronchitis.

Natural remedies for Acute & Chronic Bronchitis (inflammation of the large bronchi). Mucus is normally green or yellowish green and also may be a neon orange or green, depending on the pathogen causing the inflammation.

A variety of tests may be performed in patients presenting with cough and shortness of breath:

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A chest X-ray that reveals hyperinflation; collapse and consolidation of lung areas would support a diagnosis of pneumonia. Some conditions that predispose to bronchitis may be indicated by chest radiography.

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A sputum sample showing neutrophil granulocytes (inflammatory white blood cells) and culture showing that has pathogenic microorganisms such as Streptococcus spp. Damage caused by irritation of the airways leads to inflammation and leads to neutrophils being present.

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A blood test would indicate inflammation (as indicated by a raised white blood cell count and elevated C-reactive protein).

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Causes of Bronchitis (Acute/Chronic)

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Typical viruses that cause acute bronchitis include:

- respiratory syncytial virus

- rhinovirus

- influenza

Acute bronchitis can also result from breathing irritating fumes, such as those of tobacco smoke or polluted air.

 

Causes of chronic bronchitis include:

- Tobacco smoking (it is the most common cause)

- Pneumoconiosis and long-term fume inhalation are other causes

Although infection is not the reason or cause of chronic bronchitis it is seen to aid in sustaining the bronchitis.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies for Bronchitis (Acute/Chronic)

Herbal and homeopathic remedies have been used for centuries to treat a number of conditions, and so it is not surprising to find that natural cures or supplements to alleviate bronchitis symptoms have been supplied by nature. Herbs such as Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow), Hyssopus Officinalis (Hyssop), and Sambucus Nigra (Elder) have long been used for their soothing effect on inflamed and irritated mucous membranes, while promoting respiratory health and vitality.

There are also a few tissue salts known for their tonic effect on the overall respiratory system such as Bryonia (30C) and Kali. Mur. (6C.) While these ingredients help relieve troubling bronchitis symptoms, other remedies are especially helpful in assisting with speedy recovery and boosting the immune system to help your body fight off infection.

Herbs such as Echinacea purpurea, Astragalus membranaceous, Inula helenium and Withania somnifera are commonly used for their antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, as well as their ability to support the immune system. These herbs work as a tonic for the immune system and are often recommended to prevent and assist recovery from illness or infection, including bronchitis.

Herbal & Homeopathic supplements & medicines for Acute & Chronic Bronchitis (inflammation of the large bronchi). , if one starts coughing mucus tinged with blood, one should see a doctor. In rare cases, doctors may conduct tests to see if the cause is a serious condition such as tuberculosis or lung cancer. Remember, Acute bronchitis may lead to asthma or pneumonia.

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Kali phos. (D6) is a biochemic tissue salt that is often called ‘nature’s pacifier’. It has a relaxing effect on the nerves and throughout the body and helps to support healthy breathing.

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Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) is one of nine sacred herbs believed by the Anglo Saxons to have been given to the world by the god Woden. It is widely used in holistic medicine as an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and calmative herb, and is particularly useful for allergy-induced asthma. Traditionally used to help relieve occasional simple nervous tension, this herb helps to gently soothe and lessen frustration caused by common every day overwork and fatigue and is widely used in holistic medicine to support the lungs and respiratory system. Active ingredients include volatile oil, flavonoids, valerianic acid, coumarins, tannins, salicylates and cyanogenic glycosides. Research has confirmed the benefits of Chamomile on respiratory functioning.

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Nat sulph. (D6) is a biochemic tissue salt that is classically used as a natural bronchial tonic and helps to soothe the respiratory tract

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Astragalus membranaceus is a tonic herb that has been confirmed by clinical research to be effective in strengthening immune system functioning. It also has antispasmodic and antibacterial properties. Astragalus membranaceus has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many centuries as a natural rejuvenating tonic. Currently, much of the pharmacological research on Astragalus is focused on its benefits for the immune system.

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Phosphorus (C6) is used homeopathically to treat and prevent respiratory problems linked to anxiety. Phosphorus (C6) is a remedy suited to those who tend to be affectionate, artistic, enthusiastic and expressive, often "biting off more than they can chew". Phosphorus also supports the respiratory system and promotes healthy oxygen intake.

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Arsen alb. (C6) is often used to prevent bronchospasm caused by cold air and in the early morning. Arsen alb. (6C) is a remedy made by extracting the ingredient from the crystalline mineral ore Arsenopyrite that is found in many countries of the Northern Hemisphere. Ars. alb. typically suits those who are very organized, dislike chaos and are ambitious, neat and tidy. People who respond to this remedy tend to feel worse in cold air and improve with warmth and heated drinks.

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Agothosma betulina (Buchu) - This is a urinary antiseptic and possesses diuretic properties. Buchu has been used by the natives of the Western Cape of South Africa for many centuries and assists the body to rid itself of toxins by stimulating the secretion of retained water.

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Solidago virgaurea - This herb helps the body in its ability to routinely regulate mucus and has been used traditionally by herbalists for centuries as a tonic remedy to strengthen the natural protective ability of the body to fight infection.

   

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BronchoSoothe for Acute & Chronic Bronchitis (inflammation of the large bronchi).

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Immunity Plus for Acute & Chronic Bronchitis (inflammation of the large bronchi).

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Dietary recommendation in Bronchitis (Acute/Chronic)

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In people with bronchitis, lipids in the lung tissue may undergo oxidation damage (also called free-radical damage), particularly when the bronchitis is a result of exposure to environmental toxins or cigarette smoke. A diet high in antioxidants may protect against the free radical-damaging effect of these toxins. A good mix of fresh fruits and vegetables shall provide you with enough beta carotene, vitamin C and E. Other antioxidant rich foods include shellfish and avocados (selenium); nuts, seeds and shellfish (copper); and shellfish for zinc. Bioflavonoids, found in some fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and grapes (do not drink water over grapes), also have antioxidant properties.

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If you have chronic bronchitis, you might want to experiment with different food choices to see if changes to your diet make any difference in your symptoms. As you do this, keep a careful record of how you are feeling (that is, any changes in your symptoms). For example, try reducing your intake of dairy which may increase mucus production. Also, try eliminating eggs, milk, food coloring, preservatives, and additives. Try adding onions and garlic.

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Drink mullein tea which is actually a traditional remedy for respiratory ailments and is also used to make expectorant cough syrups. It contains saponins that help to loosen phlegm. You may also opt for dried marshmallow root instead.

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To thin mucus and help you cough it up more easily, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks, which tend to dehydrate and make mucus tougher to dislodge.

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Go for ginger - Grind 15g ginger, 4 almonds, 8 large raisins and eat it twice daily, followed by hot water.

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Eat chilies, hot spicy salsa or dishes flavored with cayenne pepper. Fiery foods thin the mucus in your lungs, thereby helping you to cough more productively.

     Herbal medicines & helpful dietary habits in Acute & Chronic Bronchitis (inflammation of the large bronchi). Food and environmental allergies may be triggering factors in some cases of chronic bronchitis. Cows’ milk allergy has been associated with bronchitis in children, and some doctors believe that dairy products may increase mucus production and, therefore, that people suffering from either acute or chronic bronchitis should limit their intake of dairy products. Ingestion of simple sugars (such as sucrose or fructose) can lead to suppression of immune function; therefore, some doctors believe simple sugars should be avoided during illness.

Dos and don'ts and precautionary measures in Bronchitis (Acute/Chronic)

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Smoking cessation - Bronchitis is frequently associated with smoking and/or environmental exposure to chemicals or allergens. These exposures should be avoided to allow the cells of the bronchi to recover from chronic irritation and to decrease the burden on the immune system. To help the bronchial tree heal faster and not make bronchitis worse, smokers should cut back on the number of cigarettes smoked daily or quit smoking completely to allow their lungs to recover from the layer of tar that often builds up over time.

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If your job exposes you to lots of dust, fumes and pollutants, be sure to wear an efficient mask or respirator to filter the impurities from the air you breathe. Further, to reduce the risk of getting viral bronchitis, wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your face, especially when you are near someone who has cold.

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Breathe steam - Take a hot shower or pour steaming-hot water into a bowl and lean over it., draping a towel over your head to create a steam tent. inhaling the steam will help loosen the secretions in your lungs. To make the steam even more effective, add a few drops of eucalyptus or pine oil to the water. They have excellent anti-bacterial property along with mucus softening strength.

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Antihistamines - Using over-the-counter antihistamines may be harmful in the self-treatment of bronchitis. An effect/side effect of antihistamines is to thicken mucus secretions. Expelling infected mucus via coughing can be beneficial in recovering from bronchitis. Expulsion of the mucus may be hindered if it is thickened. Antihistamines can help bacteria to persist and multiply in the lungs by increasing its residence time in a warm, moist environment of thickened mucus. Using antihistamines along with an expectorant cough syrup may be doubly harmful: encouraging the production of mucus and then thickening that which is produced. Using an expectorant cough syrup alone might be useful in flushing bacteria from the lungs. Using an antihistamine along with it works against the intention of using the expectorant.

Homeopathic remedies & precautions in Acute & Chronic Bronchitis (inflammation of the large bronchi). Running a humidifier with an essential oil such as cedarwoord, bergamot, eucalyptus, myrrh, sweet fennel, jasmine, lavender, tea tree, or marjoram at night may help thin mucus and ease cough. Consult an experienced aromatherapist to learn which oil, alone or in combination, is best for you.

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Acupuncture - Acupuncture can help relieve symptoms of acute bronchitis and, possibly, help improve quality of life for those with chronic bronchitis. Acupuncturists treat people with bronchitis based on an individualized assessment of the excesses and deficiencies of qi located in various meridians. Needling treatment for bronchitis tends to focus on the lung and spleen meridians. Acupuncturists usually perform other treatments as well to clear the blockage of qi in the chest area. These treatments may include specialized massage, moxibustion (a technique in which the herb mugwort is burned over specific acupuncture points), breathing exercises, lifestyle counseling, and herbal remedies.

 

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Bronchitis (Acute/Chronic)

Bronchosoothe

Natural asthma remedy helps to relax and open airways for normal breathing.

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BioVent Drops

Supports bronchial and respiratory health for easy breathing.

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ImmunityPlus

Promotes healthy immune system functioning and helps fight viral and bacterial infections.

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