One of the most common respiratory conditions in the world is bronchitis. Those who are most susceptible to this disorder include infants, people living in severely polluted environments, tobacco smokers, old people, children, and people with a weak respiratory system. Bronchitis makes up the final phase of infection of the upper respiratory tract. It usually becomes more common during the colder months of winter. The good news is that there are several natural treatments for this problem.
Most cases of bronchitis can be caused by either a viral or bacterial infection with the former being the number one cause of bronchitis infection these days. Bacterial infection comes in second while fungal infection, third and only on rare occasions. Whether you are suffering from long-term (chronic) or short term (acute) bronchitis, natural remedies abound for its resolution.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
What type of bronchitis you have (viral, fungal or bacterial) can only be determined through laboratory tests. It is then necessary to immediately see your doctor once you suspect you have bronchitis. Your doctor will correctly diagnose your condition by studying the results of your lab tests.
Some of the symptoms of acute bronchitis include:
Pain in the chest
Pressure around the areas of your eye
With help of natural treatment options, it is not hard to address viral bronchitis. The course of treatment for this type of bronchitis includes:
Lots of rest
Using a humidifier inside your home
If you do not have a humidifier, you can just hang wet towels or blankets around your room.
Even if treating acute type of bronchitis is relatively easy, you need to take good care of yourself in order to attain complete recovery. If you mistreat or neglect your body, your acute bronchitis might turn into a long-term or chronic disorder. You don’t want this since it can lead to permanent damage of your pulmonary system and will severely affect your daily life. For this reason, it is very important that you address bronchitis in its early stages by availing yourself of natural remedies.
As mentioned a while ago, there are several natural remedies for bronchitis. Some of them can, at the minimum, be utilized to bring about relief from the symptoms of bronchitis. These natural approaches, however, are not recommended to be sole treatments for bronchitis. They instead are to be combined with typical conventional drugs in order to make up a good plan of treatment.
Some of the natural remedies for bronchitis that you can avail of include:
Quitting smoking tobacco – If you are a cigarette smoker, try to stop smoking for good. Also avoid second hand smoke and places where people smoke.
Taking a long shower using hot water – You can also immerse yourself in a bath tub with steaming hot water.
Wrapping a towel around your head and at the same time breathing in hot water vapor (steam) from a sink or pot filled with steaming water – Be sure to keep a safe distance from the hot sink or pot so you do not get burned. You can do this activity before going to sleep or when your bronchitis symptoms start to worsen.
Avoid polluted, smoky or dusty places – They will only aggravate your bronchitis symptoms.
Besides these recommendations, it advisable to also avail yourself of vitamin supplements to pump your body with more energy and give your body the strength to successfully battle the virus and bacterial infection causing your bronchitis.
Some other alternative therapies that you can try in treating bronchitis include oil massage, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and aromatherapy.
A lot of times a combination of drugs and other natural alterative modalities can be much more effective in treating bronchitis without experiencing any side effects.
Caring for your body especially your respiratory system is certainly a great way of preventing respiratory conditions from arising. If you do develop bronchitis, in spite of all precautions and care taken, just apply the aforementioned natural remedies combined with conventional medicine.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that assists in tonifying the immune system and restores the energy balance of the individual’s body systems. Acupuncture optimizes the function of the lung system to help treat bronchitis. After the whole treatment sessions are completed, the body systems become stronger and more balanced. Consequentially, the immune system of the patient becomes strong enough to repel any future attacks of infection.
Acupuncture does also have the ability to lessen congestion and secretions caused by the infection. It also decreases the sensitivity of the body to chemical or physical factors known as irritants.
The treatment plan will be determined by the acupuncturist after diagnosis which can be different from person to person due to his/her physiology, symptoms and other factors. For acute bronchitis, a few acupuncture sessions may be needed while for chronic bronchitis about 10 to 15 sessions may be required.