Inflammation of the airways of the lungs is known as bronchitis. A viral infection that causes common cold may affect the air passages, inducing acute bronchitis that lasts for a few days. Permanent damage to the tissues of the air passages caused by inhalation of tobacco smoke or various toxic vapors and other factors may lead to chronic bronchitis.
Natural treatments are often effective in treating bronchitis. They can be used as safer alternatives to cough medicines used for treating acute bronchitis.
Some herbs and nutritional supplements can even complement corticosteroids and bronchodilators used for managing cough and breathing difficulties in people diagnosed with chronic bronchitis.
Thyme is widely recommended in European folk medicine for treating bronchitis. The efficacy of this natural treatment for bronchitis has been proved in few clinical trials.
In one clinical trial researchers found that consuming thyme mixed with dry extract of primrose root significantly shortens the duration of the symptoms of acute bronchitis.
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Another study has revealed that bronchitis can also be treated by combining thyme with ivy leaves. Thyme is well tolerated and can be taken by any person regardless of age and health condition.
In Germany, the extract of Pelargonium sidoides, commonly known as South African geranium, is widely used for treating acute bronchitis. In a few clinical trials, researchers found that bronchitis patients who took the herb thrice a day, for a week, reported significant improvement in the symptoms of the disease.
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By elevating the levels of key immune proteins in the saliva, the herb helps to improve the body’s immune response to infections in the upper respiratory tract, thereby rapidly alleviating the discomfort caused by acute bronchitis.
Increasing consumption of vitamin C rich foods can improve recovery from bronchitis. People suffering from bronchitis symptoms can take about 200mg of vitamin C supplement daily.
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The body cannot store vitamin C, which necessitates regular intake of sufficient vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables daily. Citrus fruits, berries, pepper and broccoli are common dietary sources of vitamin C that chronic bronchitis patients can add to their daily diet.
Essential oils containing compounds called monoterpenes can treat bronchitis. Eucalyptus oil is extensively used for curing bronchitis. For better results, the essential oil of eucalyptus is combined with the essential oils derived from citrus fruit and pine.
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Oral use of monoterpene rich essential oils can speedily cure acute bronchitis and prevent worsening of chronic bronchitis symptoms. People suffering from bronchitis can take 300mg of the essential oil mixture daily.
It is safe and well tolerated. Rarely, it causes gastrointestinal problems. However, intake of high doses of essential oil may cause toxic reactions.
The antimicrobial property of horseradish root can alleviate the symptoms of bronchitis. People diagnosed with bronchitis can take 3 to 5 grams of freshly grated horseradish root every day.
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You can consume horseradish daily without worrying about adverse side effects. In some cases, the sharp flavor of the vegetable cause mouth pain, gastrointestinal discomfort and perspiration.
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