Are There Any Remedies for Bronchitis?

Q:

Are there any remedies for bronchitis?

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If you have ever suffered from bronchitis you definitely know how nasty and persistent it can be. The word bronchitis itself sounds like something unpleasant but, let us explains shortly what it is. It’s an inflammation of the large and small-sized airways in the lungs which are called the bronchi. These airways become swollen due to the inflammation and our breathing is then made difficult.

Usually, it is accompanied by coughing and production of mucous which can be accumulated in the lungs. Bronchitis is divided into two types: acute and chronic. In the acute phase a very strong, dry cough, temperature, fever, sense of uneasiness in the chest or some pain below the breastbone can be present, or any combination of the mentioned symptoms. Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is defined as a productive cough that lasts more than three months or more per year for at least two years.

What can we do to relieve the symptoms of bronchitis?

The first rule is to quit smoking and to avoid places packed with smokers. Then, if we are in the acute phase, we should avoid physical strain and cold weather and therefore, we should try to rest in bed and keep ourselves warm.
Also, we can increase our vitamin C intake since it helps in fighting off the infection. In the case of chronic bronchitis, it is recommended to avoid exposure to paints, fumes, dust and cigarette smoke, of course.

What is a homeopathic remedy?

A homeopathic remedy is a remedy of natural origin, usually, it is made from plants or animals. It can also be produced from pathological tissue or excretion. It is believed that a longer time is needed to see the benefits of their use than it is needed for antibiotics since they provoke deeper changes within our being.

Besides strengthening our immunity, they bring an overall sense of improvement to its users. Homeopathic medicine or a remedy is not a treatment for an illness; it is a treatment for a particular human being.

Hence, a remedy that helped cure your friend’s bronchitis might not work for you. Our current health has emerged as a result of all our doings in the past years. During that time, our body has recorded every single action that we undertook towards it and sooner or later it is going to reciprocate. Unless you have treated your body fairly, you cannot expect that it will repay you in the same manner.

Which homeopathic remedies should you choose?

You need to be very careful in choosing the right homeopathic remedy for yourself. First of all, be aware of the symptoms that are present and of the type of bronchitis you are having. Ideally, you should consult with a qualified homeopathic pharmacist.

As they say, it is a remedy for a particular human being and not for the illness. It should be pointed out that in the classical homeopathy one medicine is given at a time and that different medicine or remedies are never combined or mixed together. Therefore, if a remedy proves to be not working, you will continue treatment with another one which is more appropriate for your body.

Here’s a list of the most recommended homeopathic remedies for bronchitis and a brief description of their usage:

Aconite – is used in cases when temperature, cough or chest pain is the symptoms of bronchitis.

Arsenic album – is probably one of the best remedies for bronchitis accompanied by weakness and thirst. In those cases, the patient tends to drink a lot of liquid, though a little at a time.

Bryonia Alba – It is a medicine of choice in cases with extreme thirst when the patient drinks a lot of liquid at a time, has got a chest pain and extremely dry cough.

Kali Bichromicum – It is used when the expectoration of white, scarce mucous and irritating cough are present.

Phosphorus – It works best when the patient has lost his/her voice, coughs, is thirsty and has got a sore throat.

Pulsatilla –It is said to be one of the best homeopathic remedies when there is a yellowish or greenish expectoration from the airways.

Antimonium tart – It is recommended when there is a lot of rattling mucus in the chest.

Hepar sulph – It is a remedy that works best for patients whose sensitivity to cold air and cold weather (which provoke coughing) is increased.

Spongia – It is used in the treatment of bronchitis which manifests itself in a dry cough and complete dryness of air passages.

Ipecac – Ipecac is suitable for patients who have got a constant cough and rattling of mucous in the chest.

In conclusion, despite the homeopathic remedy you take you must make sure to adhere to some common sense rules, such as no smoking, increased intake of liquid and getting enough rest. By applying those rules you will enhance your recovery.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.