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Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi (lung airways), resulting in persistent cough that produces consideration quantities of sputum (phlegm). Bronchitis is more common in smokers and in areas with high atmospheric pollution.

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  • A viral cause of bronchitis has been uncovered in women that may last anywhere from three weeks to five months. Usually antibiotics such as doxycycline hyclate (Doryx, Vibramycin) and azithromycin (Zithromax) can be beneficial for chronic bronchitis.
  • Antibiotics may need to be administered in order to treat infection from bacteria and stave off the possibility of pneumonia.
  • Diet, nutrition, and environment can all attribute to a healthy respiratory system. Do everything one can to minimize pollutants in the home will assist in keeping respiratory problems to a minimum.
  • For stubborn cases of bronchitis, it may be necessary to a chest x-ray. This can be useful in determining if cancer, emphysema, tuberculosis, or other conditions may be present.
  • In recent years the development of air ionizers to cleanse the air people with respiratory ailments breathe has skyrocketed. Wein Products makes an Air Supply personal air purifier that can be worn around the neck. Another unit that is recommended is the Living Air XL-15 unit from Alpine Air of America. Ionizers are useful for reducing the pollutants in the home and office and protecting asthmatics against bacteria, viruses, mold, and other harmful pollutants.
  • Increasing research has uncovered that nutrients may make lungs and bronchioles healthier. These same nutrients may decrease sensitivity to air particles that might incite bronchitis.
  • Individuals that may not be able to expel the phlegm, may need to undergo a bronchoscopy. A flexible tube in inserted for the purpose of examining the bronchial tree. This is done to do a visual check, to siphon out congestion, to abstract foreign bodies, or even to biopsy (test) tissue from the bronchial tubes to determine what the infecting organism is.
  • It is usual for people with bronchitis to use a bronchodilator. This individual will need to only take the prescribed dosages, as side effects can develop such as nervousness, restlessness, and trembling. Prior to using a bronchodilator, be sure to thoroughly discuss with your doctor the side effects and any concerns that you might have regarding its use. Based on your history, your doctor will be best equipped to make decisions regarding the advisability of using a bronchodilator if there is pregnancy, diabetes, hypothyroidism, possibility of seizures, or other medical issue.
  • People that suffer from chronic respiratory disorders often need to rely on a multitude of treatments including inhalers, antianxiety medications, and even diuretics to assist them to get the air their lungs need. Depending on the cause of the respiratory, exercise may help. Exercise can alleviate breathing stress, as well as take one's mind off the problem.

  • After fever subsides do moderate activity to keep from settling in the lungs.
  • Always have plenty of fluids. Herbal teas, soups, and water.
  • Always use a vaporizer or a humidifier to put moisture in the air.
  • Be sure to have onions and garlic in your diet. To help inflammatory chemical in the body these two supplements have quercetin and mustard oils.
  • Blowing up a balloon 3 - 4 times a day can help recovery.
  • Eat a vegetarian diet. Do not eat foods that are mucus forming like sugar, dairy products, sweet fruits, and white flour.
  • If you symptoms of difficulty breathing and high fever, severe cough, weakness, wheezing, and chest pains you may be coming down with Pneumonia.
  • Keep away from smoking and do not smoke.
  • Make sure your diet has vitamin C to kill all the infectious disorders.
  • Never swallow mucus.
  • Stay away from cough suppressants.

Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Beta carotene
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with preservation and reconstruction of lungs.

Colloidal silver
Importance: Very High
Comments: Antibiotic. Kills fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Helps with healing.

Carotenoid complex (Betatene)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with preservation and reconstruction of lungs.

Vitamin A
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps repair and protect tissue.

Vitamin C
Importance: Very High
Comments: Stimulates immune system. Lowers histamine levels. Buffered powder form is recommended.

Coenzyme Q10
Importance: High
Comments: Helps with circulation and breathing.

Proteolytic enzymes with Bromelain
Importance: High
Comments: Decreases inflammation.

Vitamin E
Importance: High
Comments: Potent free radical scavenger. Transports oxygen. Repairs tissues. Enhances breathing.

Importance: High
Comments: Helps heal tissues.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances circulation. Rids tissues of toxic substances. Liquid or tablet form is recommended.

Green drinks (e.g. fresh wheatgrass juice, etc.)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides chlorophyll and other essential nutrients.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Antibiotic. Decreases infection. Helps get rid of toxins.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Stimulates enzymes that help with healing.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

American and Siberian Ginseng
Type: Internal
Purposes: Ginseng has been beneficial in relaxing the muscles of the lungs, thereby providing some relief for symptoms associated with bronchitis. The cooling and anti-inflammatory properties in Ginseng may also help to reduce fevers and relieve respiratory problems.
Cautions: If you have high blood pressure do not use American Ginseng. Do not use Siberian Ginseng if you have any of the following conditions: hypoglycemia, high blood pressure or any heart disorder.

Astragalus, Myrrh, Olive Oil Extract, and Pau d'arco
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs are known to support the immune system. They also have antibacterial, antifungal, and antibiotic properties.
Cautions: If you have a fever, do not use astragalus.

Black Radish, Chickweed, Elderberry, Ginkgo Biloba, Lobelia, and Mullein
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs can be used separately or in combinations to relieve bronchitis and coughs. The steam of Mullein tea loosens congestion and mucus. Elderberries nourish the circulatory system and help to strengthen the immune and respiratory system. Drinking Black reddish juice is believed to ease bronchitis and coughs. Ginkgo is an excellent treatment of circulatory disorders. Chickweed helps relieve symptoms of nasal congestion, bronchitis, and coughs. Chickweed also aids in circulation. Lobelia is beneficial in treating chronic bronchitis and as a respiratory stimulant. Lobeline is the principal alkaloid in Lobelia and it stimulates deeper breathing.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Boneset is an expectorant and can break up chest congestion. This herb stimulates the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties. Inducing sweating, eliminating toxins through the skin and lowering fevers. Boneset is a famous remedy for acute bronchitis.
Cautions: Not to be used by pregnant or lactating women . Prolonged usage can lead to toxicity, only take this herb for one week.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Used with steam inhalation, this herb relieves bronchitis. Boswellia also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Bromelain and Cayenne
Type: Internal
Purposes: Bromelain is useful in treating bronchitis and sinusitis. It is believed that Bromelain may stop sinusitis from progressing to bronchitis, decreases bronchial secretions, increases lung function, and helps to stop upper respiratory infections. Bromelain and Cayenne have anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne also has expectorant properties useful in clearing congestion.

Type: Internal
Purposes: It is an effective expectorant and has been used to breakup mucus buildup on the sinuses, throat, and lungs. Ginger is beneficial in the treatment of bronchitis. This herb also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Type: Internal/External
Purposes: The menthol content makes peppermint an excellent vapor rub that aids in relieving upper respiratory ailments. A strong aromatic and expectorant helps to loosen and expel phlegm from the lungs and nasal passages.

Elecampane, Horehound, Hyssop, and Mullein
Type: Internal
Purposes: Elecampane is regarded as a treatment for bronchitis, it is thought that the oil of this herb suppresses coughs. Horehound is a cough expectorant and is used in teas and syrups to expel mucus. Hyssop relieves congestion by expelling mucus form the respiratory tract. Mullein tea loosens congestion and mucus.

Coltsfoot, Slippery Elm Bark, and Wild Cherry Bark
Type: Internal
Purposes: Coltsfoot has a soothing expectorant and antispasmodic action and has been found beneficial in treating bronchitis and irritating coughs. Slippery Elm cough lozenges used to treat sore throats and coughs. Wild Cherry Bark is also used to treat sore throats and coughs.
Cautions: Consult your physician before taking coltsfoot internally as exceeding the recommended doses and prolonged use can cause internal damage.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Cordyceps is a herb used for centuries in China. It stimulates and supports the immune system, enhances the natural antioxidant systems in the body, improves kidney, liver, and lung functioning. Cordyceps improves flood flow to the kidneys, liver and lungs, thus enhancing their activity and ability to fight diseases.
Cautions: Pregnant and lactating women, as well as children should not use this herb as studies have not been done in this area.

Bai qian (Cynanchum Stautoni)
Type: Internal
Purposes: All natural Chinese herb used as a respiratory stimulant, and bronchial relaxant. Strengthens the lungs, resolve phlegm and relieves labored breathing.

Echinacea, Licorice, and Siberian Ginseng
Type: Internal
Purposes: Echinacea supports the immune system. Licorice is a well-known cough remedy, chest complaints with bronchitis and has soothing properties. Siberian Ginseng enhances immune function, promotes lung functions and is useful for bronchitis.
Cautions: Licorice is not to be used if you have high blood pressure. Licorice should not be used for more than 1 week at a time. Siberian Ginseng should not be used if you have the following: high blood pressure, heart disorders, asthma, insomnia, or if you are pregnant or lactating.

Echinacea and Goldenseal (Alcohol-free extracts)
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs support the immune system and exhibits anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.
Dosage: Take 6-12 drops in liquid or under tongue, 1-3 times/day when symptoms begin.
Cautions: Do not use for more than 1 week at a time.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Fenugreek has been commonly used to treat bronchitis and breakups the mucus flow.

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf
Type: Internal
Purposes: Ginkgo biloba is a proven free radical scavenger and antioxidant and is beneficial for the lungs.

Gumplant (Grindelia squarrosa)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Gumplant has antispasmodic and expectorant properties and is used to open the chest and relieve congestion.

Ephedra (ma huang)
Type: Internal
Purposes: The stems of Ephedra species contain alkaloid ephedrine which is beneficial in treating many respiratory complaints. It has antiviral effects, against shortness of breath, coughing, congestion and bronchitis. Also works well for relieving nasal congestion.
Cautions: This herb should not be used by people who are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or suffering from high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, dehydration, anxiety, heart disease, or insomnia.

Eucalyptus Leaves
Type: Internal
Purposes: Inhaling Eucalyptus vapors opens bronchial tubes in the lungs, relieving congestion. To prepare the steam vapors do the following: boil a quart of water and remove from pan from the stove. Add 6 to 8 drops of Eucalyptus extract to the boiled water. Lean over this preparation with the towel over your head and breathe deeply through the nose, then hold your breath as long as possible.

Type: Internal/external
Purposes: Goldenseal is useful both internally and externally. This herb has antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It dries and cleans the mucous membranes, inhibiting excessive mucous, in the nasal passages, and bronchial tubes. To make a poultice, use one teaspoon of powdered root to two or three cups of boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes, stir and strain. Soak clean cloth in the tea preparation. Place 3 wet tea bags on each lung, then place the tea soaked cloth on top of the tea bags.
Cautions: Do not use Goldenseal internally for more than 1 week at a time. Goldenseal should not be used if you have any of the following: high blood pressure, heart disorders, diabetes, glaucoma, or if you are pregnant or lactating.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Horsetail extract is rich in silica and has been used internally as a folk medicine to treat coughs. It is said that this herb has anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties.

Iceland Moss
Type: Internal
Purposes: It has been an age-old remedy for treating all kinds of respiratory ailments, and is very beneficial as an expectorant. Iceland Moss helps to soothe irritated mucous membranes and relieves hoarseness, congestion and inflammation of chronic bronchitis.

Type: External
Purposes: Lavender oil is antiseptic and antispasmodic. Massage oil is high in essential fatty acids and is nourishing to the skin, and for respiratory problems such as bronchitis and sinus congestion. Lavender oil can be used alone or combined with eucalyptus and lemon oils. Place 4 drops of Lavender oil or combined oils in a pan of boiling water removed from the stove. Cover your head with a towel, and lean over the steaming pan, and breath in the vapors. This will help to reduce congestion.
Cautions: Lavender Oil is for external uses only.

Type: External/Internal
Purposes: Lobelia can be rubbed on the chest to relieve congestion in the chest area. This herb has been used as a mild expectorant, but be careful not to exceed the recommended doses.
Cautions: Exceeding the recommended doses of Lobelia can cause vomiting. Do not take this herb on a long term basis.

Lomatium (Lomatium dissectum)
Type: Internal
Purposes: This herb is known for reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system. Lomatium is currently used as an antiviral remedy to treat colds, coughs, and bronchitis.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Lungwort has been proven to be very beneficial in treating conditions of the respiratory system. It contains a high concentration of mucilage, vitamin c and quercetin which is helpful for treating bronchial coughing and expelling mucus.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Thyme is an excellent expectorant that has been used since ancient times to treat upper respiratory and lung disorders. Children with lung disorders can be given thyme.