By Dr. Rita Louise
Acute bronchitis is
one of the most common diagnoses made by primary care physicians.
It is a condition of the upper respiratory tract where the mucus
lining of the bronchial tubes, the large delicate tubes in the
lungs, become inflamed.
develops rapidly and lasts fewer than 2 to 3 weeks and is characterized
by a painful and persistent cough. At first, a dry hacking cough
is present. After a few hours or days, the cough turns into a
loose cough that produces thick mucous. Sufferers may find that
they begin to cough up small amounts of thick green or yellow-green
mucus or phlegm.
In most cases, acute
bronchitis stems from a cold, the flu or a sore throat, where
the infection spreads into the lungs. Thus, bronchitis is seen
more often in the winter months than at other times of the year.
Symptoms usually begin 3 to 4 days after an upper respiratory
tract infection and can include a sore throat, runny nose, chills,
fever and back or muscle pain. Breathing through congested airways
can also produce a wheezing sound. Pain below the sternum or breastbone
may be experienced as well.
can also result from inhaling the fumes from acids, solvents,
cigarettes or other environmental toxins. These too can irritate
the mucus membranes of the bronchial tubes and cause inflammation.
It can also be brought on by food allergies as well as environmental
allergies to substances such as mold, pollen or dust.
Bronchitis can be particularly
dangerous for elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
If left unchecked, acute bronchitis can get worse or turn into
Eating a diet high
in fatty acids such as those found in fish, or supplementing with
Omega 3 oil has been shown to reduce
both the number and duration of reoccurrences of bronchitis.
Eliminate dairy products.
Dairy products are believed to increase mucus production in the
If you are exposed
to environmental toxins, supplementation with Antioxidants (vitamins
A, C, E and selenium), such as those found in Defense
Maintenance or Super Antioxidant,
may protect you against free radical damage and reduce the risk
of developing chronic bronchitis.
Reduce your exposure
to environmental toxins including second hand smoke whenever possible.
supplements such as Fenugreek and Thyme.
Fenugreek contains mucilagins which are known for soothing and
relaxing inflamed tissues, while thyme has antiseptic qualities
which are ideal for treating infections of the respiratory system.
Thyme is also great for relieving chronic coughing and muscle
has a long history for relaxing respiratory muscles and reducing
spasmodic coughing. It can also be used as an expectorant, where
it helps to expel phlegm from the lungs, thus relieving congestion
that is typically related to bronchitis. Lobelia should be used
cautiously, because it may cause nausea and vomiting.
clover is known to calm bronchitis related coughs and relieve
sore throats as well. Its antispasmodic properties are a good
sedative to relax the muscle cramping and nervous exhaustion that
can be associated with bronchitis.
such as Chinese Lung Support and
Ayurvedic Bronchial Formula can
help to support and protect the lungs.
If you have a dry cough,
herbs such as Mullein, Marshmallow
root or Slippery elm can be
taken to sooth irritated tissues.
C has been
shown to decrease the duration and severity of a cold, thus helping
reduce your risk of contracting bronchitis.
can be taken to help boost the body’s immune system and
help fight off infection.
oil can be
applied externally to the chest to help to expel mucus and fortify
the respiratory system.
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Body, Mind & SoulHealer, All Rights Reserved.
Dr. Rita Louise,
Ph.D. is a Naturopathic Physician and a 20-year veteran in the
Human Potential Field, but it is her unique gift as a medical
intuitive that illuminates and enlivens her work. A graduate of
the Berkeley Psychic Institute and author of the book “The
Power Within: A Psychic Healing Primer, Dr. Louise is a naturopathic
physician, medical intuitive, mind/body healer, herbalist and
spiritual counselor. To schedule a session with Dr. Louise, contact
her at (972) 475-3393 or visit her web page at http://www.soulhealer.com.
note: The information contained here is for educational purposes
only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, or prevent any illnesses.
We recommend that you contact a health care practitioner if you
have any immediate health care concerns.