Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways between the windpipe and the lungs (bronchial tubes). The lining of these tubes produces large amounts of mucus, triggering a lingering cough. There may also be an accompanying sensation of soreness. Temperature may be raised.

Types of  Bronchitis

Acute bronchitis:

  • Comes on rapidly, usually after a virus . Sometimes there is a bacterial infection as well. Viruses most likely to trigger acute bronchitis are the influenza (the flu) or the common cold. The viruses that cause measles and rubella (German measles) can also cause acute bronchitis. In these cases, it is called acute infectious bronchitis. The condition is called acute irritative bronchitis when it is caused by inhaling dust, fumes, or smoke.
  • As a preventative we would recommened Echinacea and garlic tincture.
  1. Symptoms
  • Acute bronchitis usually starts out as a dry cough, but within a few hours or days the cough starts to produce thick mucus. This phlegm typically has a yellow or greenish colour. Wheezing after coughing is usual, and there might be some chest pain as well. Other symptoms are similar to that of a common cold, such as muscle aches, tiredness, and sore throat. A mild fever of about 101 F (38.5 C) may last about four days. A higher temperature, or a fever that isn't gone within a week, may suggest a bacterial infection such as pneumonia. It's important to see a doctor in this situation.
  • Natural remedies
  • 1 - Dissolve the cough with steam. Create a steam tent (pour  steaming -hot water into a bowl, drop in a few drops of eucalyptus oil and place a towel over your head). You can also search for a steam inhaler - a two handed beaker with a face mask attachment.

Eucalyptus helps to soften the mucus and has some anti-bacterial properties. Pine oil acts as an expectorant, so it will help to bring up the phlegm.

2 - Drink mullein tea. A traditional remedy used to make cough syrups. It contains saponins which help to loosen phlegm as well as a gelatinous mucilage that helps to soothe raw mucous membranes.

3  -Liquorice and Thyme syrup<. Thyme is a natural anti bacterial agent that also acts as a gentle expectorant . Liquorice is traditionally used as a natural anti-inflammatory. We also offer liquorice and thyme syrup with garlic juice (garlic is a natural anti-biotic and aids the break up of mucous)

4 - Vitamin C with bioflavonoids also helps to fight off respiratory infections. Take 1000mg once or twice daily.

Chronic bronchitis

  • Also known as 'The English disease' - this is defined as a mucous-producing cough that lasts for at least three months in two consecutive years. Certain jobs such as coal mining, welding, asbetos work and grain handling also increase the risk of developing bronchitis. Very common in smokers.

  • Symptoms
  • Regular coughing and spitting up of a great deal of thick mucus . This mucus can partly block the airways, making breathing difficult. The condition is often dismissed as smoker's cough. The coughing is often ignored until the lungs have already been damaged. The result is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This can lead to a chronic lack of oxygen. Signs such as blue lips and nail beds may be noticed. People with this condition tend to become sedentary. The mucous in the airways creates a good environment for viruses and bacteria to breed. This makes people with chronic bronchitis and COPD more prone to other infections such as pneumonia.
  • Natural remedies

1 - Blowing up balloons - in a test at Trafford general hospital Manchester, it was found that blowing up balloons proved of benefit to those with chronic bronchitis. After 8 weeks,those that partook showed considerable improvement in walking and a sense of well being. Breathlessness was also reduced.

2 - For sheer physical exhaustion Ginseng may prove to be of some benefit. For short term used Korean Ginseng is excellant (do not take with high blood pressure). For longer term use, Siberian Ginseng is recommended.

3 - Echinacea capsules or Echinacea tincture may also be taken to increase resistance and help to strengthen the immune system.

4 - A steady herbal regime is recommended including agents that may help a sluggish liver or kidneys into action - these are Dandelion tincture or Milk Thistle tincture.

5 - Topical chest rubs - Eucalyptus, pine and Lavender blended into a base oil such as Sweet almond oil.

  • It's important to be aware that symptoms of chronic bronchitis can suddenly get worse. If your medication no longer seems to be effective, see your doctor immediately.