Acute bronchitis is the irritation of the large bronchi in the lungs. It is developed by viruses or bacteria and may continue to cause hazard for several days or even weeks. It is the irritation of the mucous membranes of the bronchial tubes. The symptoms include production of phlegm, runny nose before the starting of cough, malaise, chills, slight fever, sore throat, back and muscle pain, shortness of breath and wheezing that is due to the obstruction of inflamed airways and so on. It might occur in children with allergies, chronic sinusitis and also with enlarged tonsils and adenoid glands. Bronchitis can be treated with herbal and natural cures.Herbal remedies for bronchitis:
Cinnamon: This tree is commonly found in China. Cinnamon essential oil is extremely useful in treating acute bronchitis. The vapor therapy of the cinnamon oil is helpful in treating acute bronchitis, colds along with sneezing and uplifting of depression as well as feeling of weakness. The anti-microbial properties of the cinnamon essential oil help in the activation of the healing action in the treating of acute bronchitis and cold.
Ginger: Ginger is extremely effective and is considered as a potent expectorant in treating acute bronchitis. It is a natural cure for bronchitis. It has the ability to liquefy and soften dry phlegm and prevent congestion in the bronchial tract, thereby treating bronchitis. Ginger tea is effective in treating acute bronchitis.
One has to add half a teaspoon of chopped ginger in two cups of boiling water and allow it to boil for sometime. Then add tea to the water and honey to taste and strain it.
Bay leaf: Bay leaf is considered as one of the best remedies for bronchitis. It is suggested to be taken with tea. Again after soaking the bay leaf in hot water, applying it on the chest and covering it with a towel gives tremendous relief.
The anti-biotic properties of bay leaf help in fighting infection that causes cough and cold. Again its antispasmodic properties also help in soothing the walls of the respiratory tract. Together this helps in curing bronchitis.
Bronchitis is sometimes followed by another complication, the pneumonia. Several herbs are effective in treating acute bronchitis: Coltsfoot, turmeric, lemon water, salt water gargling, tea, coffee, etc. are also some of the effective remedies of acute bronchitis.