Natural Remedies for Bronchiectasis

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Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung condition that causes coughing up mucus. In the lungs, the bronchi are the passages that allow air to enter the lungs. Bronchiectasis is defined as a permanent dilatation of the bronchi.

Natural treatments can sometimes alleviate the symptoms of this condition.

What is Bronchiectasis?

The bronchi are the passages that allow air to enter your lungs. In bronchiectasis, the inside surfaces of your bronchi get thicker over time from inflammation that leaves scars.

These thicker walls cause mucus to collect because the walls are no longer strong enough to make the mucus move out of the lungs. Additionally, the cilia which are thin strands that help move mucus are destroyed. When this happens, an infection can occur more easily and breathing becomes difficult.

Natural Treatments for Bronchiectasis

One natural treatment option for bronchiectasis is pulmonary rehabilitation. This can help strengthen your breathing ability. Pulmonary rehabilitation treatment often includes:

  • Exercises for improved lung function.
  • Nutrition Coaching for lung health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

One study found that Chinese herbs might speed up the resolution of reversible bronchiectasis in adults. 1

Another study found that acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine outperformed two powerful drugs for the alleviation of bronchiectasis-related symptoms. 2

This is a new page on Earth Clinic, so please let us know if you have any Bronchiectasis remedies that have helped!

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Posted by EmmausRoad (FL) on 01/18/2022
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Does anyone have information specifically for Bronchiectasis? It is technically a COPD disease with some significant differences. There are two types, Cystic Fibrosis and Non Cystic Fibrosis. I have the non Cystic Fibrosis type. Bronchiectasis is inflammation of the Bronchial tubes caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. Apparently it is often caused by contamination in surgical settings through ventilators or water.

I had several surgeries between 2007 and 2009 for Breast Cancer. I developed Bronchiectasis within a few months after my last surgery, although it took nearly five years to get an accurate diagnosis.

Bronchiectasis differs from other COPD diseases in that it is characterized by excessive phlegm production, occasional bleeding of the bronchial tubes, constant flu like symptoms associated with the infection, periodic low grade fever, and coughing (particularly when laying down at night) and wheezing. Many people with Bronchiectasis are mis-diagnosed as asthma, COPD, etc.

Apparently, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa is already somewhat antibiotic resistant when it infects the lungs. The general progression is one of mild infections in the beginning, then increasingly worse and worse over time. In the last four months, I have been on antibiotics of varying kinds and strengths five times. I have now become resistant to ALL of them. When the infection "blows up" it happens very fast and I have been hospitalized twice in two years with Pneumonia.

I had tried some natural remedies in the early stages of this disease but saw no improvement, so succumbed to the idea that the medical establishment was my only hope. Now that is gone as well. I am ready to try ANYTHING. I am particularly interested in CS, DMSO, HP inhaled or diffused. I am starting an ACV and MSM intake protocol.

I also do a clearing technique I learned at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. I lay on the bed with my legs bent, feet tucked up close to my hips and then raise my hips as high as I can. Trying to avoid coughing, I labor breathe out, pushing the phlegm down my esophagus to my throat and then simultaneously coughing and sitting up and spitting into a cup. I do this several times until there is nothing left to cough up. I do this once a day, usually in the evening before dinner (ie; on an empty stomach! ).

I also use a percussion machine, a vest filled with air that percusses, loosening the phlegm and I use Symbicort 160/4.5 inhaler after breakfast, once a day.

I would appreciate ANY suggestions people have on how to improve my condition. Thank you all so much in advance!

Replied by mmsg
(somewhere, europe)

ER, you might want to start with h2o2 inhalation. Any of the various methods work, but the one we used is filling a mug with boiling water, spritzing some h2o2 into it and breathing the vapors. At first, 4-5 times a day.

Replied by Art
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If you are going to use colloidal silver (CS/AgNPs), it may be more effective via nebulizer or small cold process vaporizer over oral intake. This will get more of the CS, at relatively high concentration directly to where it is needed to kill the infective pathogens present in the airways. A typical pathogen in bronchiectasis is Pseudomonas Aeruginosa (PA) which can have protective biofilms, especially in long standing disease activity which can blunt the body's defenses as well as antibiotics and it can quickly become resistant to antibiotics. CS has shown the ability to break down biofilms, have synergy with some antibiotics and CS has also shown the ability to make some antibiotics that the pathogen has become resistant to, effective again. CS is also a broad-spectrum antibacterial and antiviral, capable of destroying PA and a multitude of other pathogens that might be found in the airways. This study illustrates the usefulness of CS against PA and its biofilms.

The potent antioxidant, N Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) has also shown the ability to break down biofilms while offering its potent antioxidant effects while increasing one of the body's more potent antioxidants, glutathione. The inflammation generated in Bronchiectasis results in increased oxidative stress (OS) and the inflammation feeds off of the OS. NAC has demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects along with the ability to reduce oxidative stress. NAC is also a mucolytic agent that can help thin mucous secretions which may be helpful in producing a more productive cough. NAC has also shown synergy with the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin against PA and its biofilms.

Another useful consideration is Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), not to be confused with grape seed extract. GSE is a potent antibacterial and antifungal with a very good safety profile and it is a biofilm disrupter also. Again, with a very good safety profile.

The following study showed effectiveness against PA, but the study is behind a paywall. This link is to the abstract of that study only.

Lastly, Melatonin has shown itself to be a highly potent inhibitor of lung inflammation and lung oxidative stress which is going to be extremely useful in this case. Melatonin also inhibits gram-negative bacteria of which, PA is one.

This combination shows the potential to be effective for the purpose at hand. Biofilm busting capabilities seem like a must have in Bronchiectasis and here you have 3 potent ones that are also capable of killing other potential lung pathogens that may be present. At least two show synergy with antibiotics.


Replied by Lillyann
(Brisbane, Australia)

Hi Art,

Thank you very much on such a detailed explanation how to treat bronchiectasis and would like to ask you just a one question if you can help. I would like to try using Colloidal Silver in Nebuliser but I don't know how much to put CS in it. Would you please know to tell me how much Colloidal Silver should go in Nebuliser? Thank you in advance. Kind regards, Lilly.

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There are no studies that I am aware of to support the use of colloidal silver via a nebulizer, so I can not make a recommendation on how much to use.

For myself, I use a cold process vaporizer when I am going to inhale colloidal silver (CS), but I do that knowing that it may be dangerous since there are no studies to say otherwise and again, I can not recommend that anyone else do what I am doing with colloidal silver. I use the cold process vaporizer instead of a nebulizer because simply because it delivers a given amount of CS faster than a nebulizer. I may try a nebulizer some day, but I like to get done in 10 minutes for each session, so I have stuck with a vaporizer.

My cold process vaporizer needs 2 ounces minimum to operate so I add that amount so the machine can turn on. I inhale directly from the exhaust port of the vaporizer for 10 minutes and I do that 3 times a day. When I am done with the session, I dump out the remaining colloidal silver (CS). Judging by the amount left in the machine, it appears to be minus a quarter ounce of CS. So my assumption is that a quarter ounce of CS went through the machine, but I did not inhale a quarter ounce because the vapor comes out of the machine constantly, but I am breathing in and breathing out and when I am breathing out I am not inhaling any of the vapor. So if there is no loss of the CS vapor at all, I might barely be getting an 1/8th ounce of CS into my lungs. I can clearly see that there is vapor loss to the open air, so I am not even getting an 1/8th of an ounce of CS from my ten minute session.

This is how I use it, but again, I can not recommend that anyone do this because it is unproven and may not be safe.