According to modern science, the primary cause of Bronchitis is the viral attack of the bronchial tubes. However, ayurvedic studies indicate that the root cause of Bronchitis stems from the impairment of digestion, as well as deep feelings of insecurity.
Long Term Affects of Bronchitis gone untreated lead to the following:
- Asthma attacks
- Severe damage to the upper respiratory system (i.e. lungs, bronchial tubes)
- Frequent sickness and fever
Symptoms of Bronchitis
- Severe coughing and wheezing’
- Chest Pain and Sore throat
- Excess discharge of phlegm
- Shortness of breath
- Extreme loss of energy
- Raised Body temperature
- Red Face, hands, or mucus membranes
- Ankle, feet, and leg swelling
Home Treatments for Bronchitis
Tulsi: Water boiled with tulsi leaves helps sooth the soar throat. This water-tulsi mixture can also be used as a gargle.
Vasaka: Leaves of the vasaka plant is boiled with honey. A portion of this mixture is to be taken twice daily. This helps relieve cough.
Linseed: Powdered linseed seeds are mixed with water in the form of a tea. Sugar can be added to sweeten it. This remedy is even safe for children.
Change of Diet: Reduce the intake of protein, carbohydrates, and Fats. Also seed sprouts and whole grains should be eaten. Alcoholic drinks and coffee should also be avoided. Condiments difficult to such as pickles, sauces, and ketchup should not be used. Also, avoid refined foods, such as white bread, or white sugar. It is best to eat foods that are easier to digest. Generous servings of green vegetables (especially dark green ones), should be eaten.
Other important notes about diet: Drink plenty of water, especially during an asthma attack. In addition, only eat a light meal before bedtime. This will help reduce digestive complications.
Quit Smoking: If the person smokes, it is best to quit. This will help in the recovery of bronchitis, and the patient would be less likely to have a return attack.
Lifestyle Changes Avoid excess humidity, dust, and allergic pollens. Beware of any allergies. A patient can remove carpets from his or her bedroom to aid in dust reduction. A person should not overeat. Make sure that the patient is in a clean environment. This will help reduce risk of a future attack (because the house will be clean).
Exercise: Two Yoga exercises can aid in the clearing and restoring of the respiratory passage. This is done through the practice of slow inhalation and exhalation, and while stretching the back muscles. Neither of these specific Yoga positions is strenuous, therefore can be done by bronchitis patients. One is the “Half Wheel”, and the other is “The Bow.”
Herbal Remedies for Bronchitis
Kasamrit Herbal, Vasavaleh, and Talisadi Churna are some of the many herbal tablets used in the aid of curing bronchitis. They help in a variety of ways, and contain natural. They are safe, and produce little or no side effect s within a patient.
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