Last Modified on Feb 21, 2015
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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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.
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I am 57 yrs old, have had asthma since I was little, but it never required me to get meds for it. The past 2 yrs I did notice a little that I would wheeze when I went out in the cold, or got upset, so I started using my grand-daughters puffer when I needed it...(I know..I should never do that) Anyway, the end of Aug. I went to my Dr., my chest was tight, and I was wheezing. She gave me a puffer for it, 4 days of presidone, and Abuterol for a Nebulizer. It got better for 10 days, then it got worse, so she gave me another 4 days of Presidone, plus an antibiotic for 4 days, and I quit smoking that day, Sept. 29th..(I had told her when I cough the AIR that came up tasted funny, like metal, which I think is infection..isent it?) and she changed my Nebulizer med. to ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate..
Anyway, it got better..alot better, I was wanting to be off the Nebulizer, but Dr. said 4 more wks, . The very next day I took a tour of a factory, I immediately could not breathe, due to glue there, and left the building wheezing. Two days (Oct 13) later I was worse, & had to go to the ER. They wrote Asthma/Acute Bronchitis, gave me steroid shot, another wk of antibiotic, and the 21 tablet presidon..I am much better, BUT I am coughing up alot of clear mucus, and every 4 hrs when its time for my Nebulizer, I try and wait, but become wheezy, and out of breathe. I also have allergies and clear mucus flows from my nose when I have coughing fits, so I am using a nasal wash, which helps...Its been 1 month since I quit smoking, coughing at nite a lot, and at 2am I wake wheezing..can the Apple Cider Vinegar HELP me at all???? I am doing Lung exersizes as well, and I exer. 45 min a day and ride a bike 2-3 miles a day. I have 2 more wks on Nebulizer..then what??? Will this go away???. sincerely Missy
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