Ayurvedic Medicines & Home Remedies for Treatment of Bronchitis (Shwasa Pranali Shoth)
What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is a serious variety of kasa roga, which is nothing but the inflammation of the bronchi (air passages that lie beyond the windpipe and has cartilage and mucus glands in its wall).The disease can occur at any particular time, but damp and cold climate is often the contributory cause. The disease can occur at any time and at any place, but damp and cold climate are often favourable conditions.
Causes of Bronchitis
Bronchitis is mainly caused due to certain germs, the susceptibility of certain constitutions cannot be denied. Ayurveda ascribes its onset to impairment of the digestive process, where anyone or all digestive organs could be at fault. According to the theory of ayurveda, if digestive process is cured to normal then boronchits can also be cured to normal.
Acute bronchitis is caused by certain bacteria or viruses, and is characterised by coughing, production of muco-purulent sputum, narrowing of the bronchi because of spasmodic contraction. It may also result in a rise of temperature, breathlessness, and loss of appetite.
If proper care of bronchitis is not taken and then the disease may lead to chronic bronchitis and may deteriorate into continuous breathlessness. In chronic stage, the patient coughs up enormously, secreted by enlarged bronchal mucus glands. Even broncho-dialotors cannot provide any relief in bronchospasm. When fresh air fails to reach the lungs, the patient has to exert a lot so as to ease expectoration but various spasms fail to bring up mucus. In this situation the patient's face or even whole body turns blue.
Symptoms of Bronchits
Some symptoms have been detailed earlier but most prominent symptoms include -
Some Home Remedies for Bronchitis
Some common home remedies for the treatment of bronchitis are:
Some Ayurvedic Medicines & Prescriptions for treatment of Bronchitis
Some well-known Ayurvedic preparations for bronchitis, both acute and chronic, are given belew :
In case of a congested throat which accompanies bronchitis in many cases, Khadiradi Vati should be sucked as a lozenge (small medicated candy) five times a day. The main ingredient of the drug, catechu, helps relieve the congestion.
Infusions of Hyssop, Marshmallow, Thyme or use white Hore hound (Marribium Vulgare) may also be taken to soothe harsh and painful coughs. Garlic is the most powerful anti-infective agent which will facilitate expectoration of excessive mucus and help to build up resistance in all respiratory infections.
Diet and Other Regimen
Here are some tips for your diet and other regimens to be followed while you are undergoing treatment of bronchits:
Some oils for Bronchitis
Gently rub eucalyptus oil on the chest or use olive oil to it. Take a bowl of hot water, add 2-3 drops of lavender/ Eucalyptus/Thyme or Tea tree essential oil and inhale the medicated steam but make sure, the boiling water does not fall on your body.
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