Bronchitis is a common ailment, which causes a great amount of discomfort. Bronchitis happens due to the inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchi (the respiratory tract that carries air from trachea to the lungs).
Depending on the severity of the condition bronchitis is generally categorized as
- Acute bronchitis and
- Chronic bronchitis
Chronic Bronchitis is essentially a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), under which airways narrow over time. While acute Bronchitis generally stays for about a week, chronic Bronchitis can linger on for months. Chronic Bronchitis is primarily caused due to smoking and being exposed to dangerous fumes in the environment. Chronic Bronchitis can also be caused due to some bacterial infection.
Bronchitis, however, can be treated and checked at home and costly visits to the doctor or being on expensive medicines can be avoided.
The therapeutic qualities of ginger is well known in every Indian household. Ginger has been used for over 5000 years as herbal medicine. To get relieve from Bronchitis cough, one can chew a tiny piece of ginger to find instant relief. Another way is to boil a small piece of ginger in water and concentrate it. Honey or lemon juice can be added to this syrup for relief. Another way to find relief is to mix ginger when boiling your cup of tea. Tea and ginger works well to soothe an irritating throat.
Gargling with salt water is an age old remedy and a very efficient one. Gargling helps you cleanse your throat and provides relief to patients suffering from Bronchitis. One needs warm water and common salt which are available in every household for this and practicing it about thrice a day is very helpful to keep the coughing away. However, it need not be limited to thrice a day and frequency can be increased if symptoms are severe.
Honey – Honey is another item which is great when it comes to coughing and Bronchitis. Honey has an anti-viral and anti-bacterial property that works wonders when it comes to sore throat. A great thing about honey is that one does not need to wait for the bronchitis cough to start to have honey. Honey can be had everyday mixed with a cup of tea and also does a good job of keeping your immune system up and your Bronchitis cough at bay.
During Bronchitis it is common for a patient to be dehydrated as a painful throat makes it difficult to swallow. Bronchitis patients need plenty of water intake but should be preferably warm. It is advisable to have atleast eight – ten glasses of water. However, coffee and drinks with caffeine or alcohol should be avoided.
Turmeric or haldhi as it is popularly known in Indian household, is an important ingredient of our everyday meal. Turmeric has anti-microbial properties. For Bronchitis patients a spoon of turmeric should be mixed when boiling milk and consumed thereafter.
Other household items
There are plenty of other household items that have a good effect on Bronchitis. For example fresh Almonds work well to curb bronchial cough. Similarly Lemons have good anti-bacterial properties and Vitamin C in lemon is good for sore throat. Lemon also helps the immune system and Vitamin C works as an antioxidant that helps body tissue grow and heal itself. Orange is another fruit which has high amount of Vitamin C and orange juice is good for bronchial cough. Remember to have fresh orange juice and not canned juice.
Bay leaves are also good expectorants and fresh or dried bay leaf in a cup of boiling water can prove to be a great relief.
While the harmful effects of smoking is well documented and well known, its damaging effect on a bronchial patient cannot be stressed less. If you are suffering from anytime of bronchitis it is very important to quit smoking. Smoking will only aggravate the condition and can lead to serious complications.
Bronchitis patients need rest. A person should ensure that he or she does not exert too much. Strenuous physical activity can lead to breathlessness and increase chance of coughing and bronchial attack. A Bronchitis patients need to pace his or her life well.
Home remedies for bronchial patients are great and inexpensive and provide at times immediate relief. However, if symptoms get worse it is best to see a doctor and undertake medications.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: July 19, 2013