Last Modified on Aug 25, 2014
Bronchitis is a relatively common condition,but just because it is common does not mean it is easy to deal with. The infection associated with bronchitis can cause sensitivity and irritation in your throat and even your sinuses; however, there are a number of treatment options you can try. Probiotics, Echinacea, garlic, and ginseng are among the most effective natural cures for bronchitis.
What Is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is a condition characterized by inflammation in the lining of your bronchial tubes, the pathways that carry air to and from your lungs. There are two forms of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis typically develops from a cold or other type of respiratory infection while chronic bronchitis is more severe and involves constant inflammation in your bronchial tubes.
The symptoms are largely the same for both acute and chronic bronchitis; however, chronic is typically more pervasive. The most common symptoms of the condition include a persistent cough, mucus, fatigue, shortness of breath, fever and chills, and chest discomfort.
Can I Treat Bronchitis With Natural Remedies?
While a doctor’s care is necessary for monitoring cases of chronic bronchitis, most common forms can actually be treated effectively at home. Even most conventional treatments for bronchitis center on getting plenty of rest and drinking plenty of fluids. Additionally, natural supplements, such as probiotics, Echinacea, garlic, and ginseng are helpful for shortening the duration of the condition and reducing the severity of your symptoms.
According to research presented by the University of Maryland Medical Center, probiotics are a good option for treating bronchitis. Probiotics are unique formulation of “good” bacteria. These bacteria help prevent infections by working in the digestive tract and supporting your immune system. You can take probiotics in capsule form or find them in many foods, such as yogurt.
The Medical Center also suggests using Echinacea to help prevent and treat respiratory issues. Echinacea helps support your immune system and fights infection to treat bronchitis and help prevent further development of the condition. You should take 300mg of Echinacea 3 times a day for the biggest health benefit.
Information presented by Carrie Cross, a health specialist, via LiveStrong suggests that garlic is also a viable option for treating bronchitis. Garlic contains a compound known as allicin, which helps reduce inflammation and fight infection. The herb also contains nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B as well as copper, iron, calcium, and selenium. Take 4 grams of minced garlic by mouth a day.
Medical research also supports ginseng as an appropriate remedy. This herb helps boost your immune system and fights infection to help ward off more pervasive bronchitis symptoms. The treatment also helps reduce inflammation. For the best results, take 400mg of ginseng by mouth each day.
Ginger is another natural remedy for bronchitis. This herb helps reduce mucus in your throat as well as relieves inflammation. Ginger also fights infection to eradicate the underlying cause of your bronchitis. Typically, you should use the root of ginger and create a warm cup of ginger tea by steeping the root in boiling water. Drink this tea as many times as necessary throughout the day. You can even take a bath with this mixture by adding one quart of ginger tea to a warm bath. This treatment helps draw toxins out of your body.
In addition to these treatments, you should also be sure to get plenty of extra rest and to take immune-supporting supplements like vitamin C. Read below for other suggestions from our readers.
Bronchitis - http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/bronchitis
Diseases and Conditions: Bronchitis - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bronchitis/basics/definition/con-20014956
Fresh Garlic & Bronchitis - http://www.livestrong.com/article/518356-fresh-garlic-bronchitis/
Warm Up to Ginger - http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/warm-up-to-ginger
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Table of Contents
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Olive Oil
- Baking Soda
- Cabbage and Honey
- Cinnamon, Clove, and Oregano Oils
- Colloidal Silver
- DMSO, MSM
- Fig Tree With Piloncillo
- Flour, Dry Mustard and Egg White
- High Doses of Vitamin C
- Homeopathic Remedy
- Hot Cooking Spices
- Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method
- Oil Pulling
- Oregano Oil
- Raw Mushrooms
- Remedies Needed
- Salt Pipe
- Water Consumption and Bronchitis Link
- Wild Oregano Oil, Mangosteen Juice
Apple Cider Vinegar for Bronchitis
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Tablespoon
- Filtered Water - 8 to 10 Ounces
Mix an ACV tonic of 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons honey mixed in a warm, tall glass of water. This can stop the cough, reduce the phlegm build-up in your lungs, and kill off the virus or bacteria causing your bronchitis.
[YEA] ACV for Bronchitis. YEA.
LINGERING MOSTLY-UNPRODUCTIVE COUGH? I typically get this cough that lasts for 2-4 MONTHS shortly after getting over a seasonal cold/flu. Otherwise reasonably healthy (no asthma, young, non-smoker). I wind up getting prescribed an albuterol and/or prednisone based inhaler to help treat (but not cure) the symptoms. This has happened several years in a row now. Same routine. Coughing all day and night sucks. This year, after a significantly longer bout with this hanger-on cough (4+ months, coughing daily - and nightly), I finally got sick of it and remembered Earthclinc and the nice YAY/NAY format... and happened upon ACV+Lemon+Honey in a tea as a suggestion.
So here's what I did:
- Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon
- 2 or 3 cap fulls of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 1 low tablespoon (or big teaspoon) of Manuka Honey*
- Filled the rest of the cup with boiling water
*Note: I used Manuka New Zealand honey because that's what I had here. Manuka honey supposedly has it's own "special" benefits over regular honey. Perhaps the Manuka honey played a role here, but I bought it because it was on sale :)
And the results? After MONTHS of coughing nearly all day and well into the night, it took just 3 nights of this concoction and it's done. Over. Quiet. My wife (who attempts to sleep next to me) is very happy. I continued to make the drink for 2 more nights.
I just wanted to give a big thanks to EarthClinic & the users who've posted this "cure".