Bronchitis-Inflammation of Mucous Membrane
Bronchitis refers to an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the bronchi (large and medium-sized airways in the lungs) & bronchial tube within the chest. It is a breathing disorder affecting the expiratory function.
In most cases, some infection also occurs in the nose and throat. It is a disease endemic to cold, damp climates, but may occur anywhere.
Bronchitis is divided into two types: Chronic & Acute :
Because of this permanent changes may occur in the lungs, thereby interfering with their normal movements.
During chronic bronchitis the colour of sputum turns to yellow or green & may be streaked with specks of blood whenever you cough after awakening in the morning.
Chronic bronchitis is more frequent in males than in females and mortality rate is also higher in males.
Acute bronchitis, also known as a chest cold, is short term inflammation of the bronchi of the lungs. The infection may last from a few to ten days. It may start with a dry cough, then after a few days the coughing spells may bring up mucus.
The cough may persist for several weeks afterwards with the total duration of symptoms usually around three weeks.
A wheezing or a whistling sound when you breathe.
You feels difficulty in breathing or breathing rapidly (more than 30 breaths a minute).
Have a fever greater than 101° F (38° C).
Deep chest cough, the phlegm, when expelled is viscid (having a glutinous or sticky consistency) & purulent (containing, or discharging pus).
There is usually a higher fever, some difficulty in breathing and a deep chest cough.
The chief cause of bronchitis is wrong feeding habits.
Use of refined foods such as White Sugar, Refined Cereals & White-Flour products which results in an accumulation of morbid matter in the system & collection of toxic waste in the bronchial tube.
Another important cause of this disease is smoking because excessive smoking irritates the bronchial tubes, lowers their resistance & become vulnerable to germs breathed in from the atmosphere.
Other causes of bronchitis is living or working in stuffy atmosphere.
Use of excessive drugs to suppress earlier diseases and hereditary factors.
Changes in weather & environment are common factors for the onset of the disease.
In acute cases of bronchitis , you should fast on Orange Juice and water till the acute symptoms subside.
Take orange juice mixed with a glass of warm water every two hours in a day from morning to evening. Thereafter you can adopt an all-fruit diet for two or three days.
After the all-fruit diet, you can follow a well-balanced diet of Seeds, Nuts, Grains, Vegetables & Fruits. Drink unsweetened lemon water or you may have hot plain water with your balanced diet.
You must avoid Meats, Sugar, Tea, Coffee, Condiments, Pickles, Processed Foods, Soft-Drinks, Candies, Ice-cream & products made from Sugar and White Flour.
One of the most effective remedy for bronchitis is the use of turmeric powder. Take one teaspoonful of turmeric powder, mix with a glass of milk daily two t
o three times. To get best results take turmeric milk on an empty stomach.
Another effective remedy for bronchitis is a mixture of Dried Ginger Powder, Pepper & Long Pepper taken in equal quantities three times a day. You may licked this mixture with honey or infused with one’s daily tea.
The powder of these three ingredients have antipyretic qualities and are effective in dealing with fever accompanied by bronchitis. They also tone up you metabolism.
The Onion has also been used as food remedy for centuries in bronchitis because it possess expectorant properties which liquefies phlegm & prevents further formation.
One teaspoon of Raw Onion Juice taken first in the morning will be highly beneficial.
In addition apply hot Poultice of linseed over your front & back of the chest. It will give you relief from chest pain because Poultices acts by diluting the vessels of the surface and thereby reduce the blood pressure.
The heat of Poultices acts as a cardiac stimulant. Be careful & apply Poultices neatly & keep replacing so that it does not hamper respiration.
Alternately you may rub Turpentine over the chest with fomentation for the same object.
Take hot Epsom-salts bath every or every alternate night. Epsom salt bath will be highly beneficial during the acute stages of the attack.
Dissolve three lbs. of Epsom-salts to 60 litres of water having a temperature of 100 ° F & remain immersed in the bath for about 20 minutes.
If you are suffering with chronic bronchitis, then you should take this bath twice a week. Hot towels wrung out & applied over the upper chest are also helpful but make sure to finish off with a cold towel at last.
In acute condition you can apply cold pack several times in a day to your upper chest part.
To do this first wring out linen cloth in cold water & wrap around affected part & cover it with some flannel.
Let remain this pack for about an hour at a time for two times a day.
Fresh air and outdoor exercises along with good walk everyday are also essential to the treatment of bronchitis.
In continuation perform yogic kriyas such as Jala Neti, Vaman Dhouti, yogic asanas such as Ekapada Uttanasana, Yoga Mudrasana, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Padmasana, Savasana & yogic pranayamas like Kapalbhati, Anuloma Viloma, Ujjayi & Bhramari as yoga is highly beneficial for the wellness of our body.
You may take the following natural products with no side effects mentioned below for your health: