What is Bronchitis?
In general, bronchitis is an inflammation occurred in the lining of bronchial tubes in the respiratory system. These bronchial tubes’ primary function is to carry air to and from your lungs. People suffering from bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus heavily and discolored. Bronchitis may occur for a short period or chronic.
Short term bronchitis or acute bronchitis generally occur due to cold or respiratory infection due to virus or bacteria. Chronic bronchitis is a severe condition and causes frequent irritation in the lining of the bronchial tubes. Smoking and air pollution are the major causes of this type of bronchitis.
In Ayurveda, bronchitis is known as shwasa pranali shoth. According to Ayurveda, shwasa is caused by the vata and kapha dosha. We will discuss it in further sections.
- Chest pain
- Tightness in breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Uncomforting while sleeping at night due to deep cough
- Cough with thick sputum
- Scratchy throat
- Loss of appetite
- Climate change
- Intake of cold or iced water
- Exposure to dust and smoke
- Poor digestion
- Poor nutrition
- Weak immune system
Bronchitis in relation with Ayurveda
As we know, every disease, according to Ayurveda, occurs due to an imbalance of the three doshas. Bronchitis is also not an exception. The primary dosha associated with bronchitis is ‘Kapha Dosha,’ where the watery kapha leads to thick mucus formation. When the cough accumulates the air passages, the path becomes narrow and obstructed and caused difficulty breathing. It blocks the correct flow of air, which is vata dosha, in the lungs as well.
If you’re experiencing dry cough and any asthmatic symptoms, then the vata dosha is responsible for this.
If you’re experiencing moist, productive, and consistent mucus in white color, then the kapha dosha is responsible for this.
If you’re experiencing thick and consistent mucus is yellow or green color, then probably the pitta dosha is responsible for this.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Bronchitis
When it comes to ayurvedic treatment for bronchitis, we use certain ayurvedic herbs. Let’s have a look.
Consuming raw tulsi leaves or tulsi juice in an empty stomach every morning proved to be a beneficial remedy for bronchitis. A little honey or ginger juice can be added as well. You can make tulsi tea as well by boiling the fresh leaves and sip this twice a day. It helps in reducing kapha dosha, thus resulting in comfort and decongestion in the chest.
- Vasaka (Malabar Nut)
Vasaka juice is one of the popular remedies to cure bronchitis. It can be mixed with sitopaladi churna and honey to make it more effective.
It contains alkaloid ephedrine, which is well-known for treating bronchitis. It also helps in reducing stress. A decoction can be prepared by using Bala, vasa, ginger, and black peppercorns and can be consumed twice a day for maximum benefits.
- Long Pepper
You can make a decoction by using long peppers, honey, and little onion juice. Drink this once in the morning.
- Giloy Juice
Giloy is a popular ayurvedic herb. It has a soothing effect on the lining of the throat, and thus, it helps provide relief to the inflamed bronchial lining. You can drink this juice twice a day.
Ayurvedic Medicine For Bronchitis (Recommended):
- Dama Buti Avaleh Rajasthan herbals - Pack of 2
- Asthalex Capsules
- Sitopaladi Churan
- Bresols tablets 60's Pack
- Dama Buti Churan Pack of 2
Home remedies for bronchitis
- Garlic Powder and Trikatu
This is a beneficial remedy. For preparing this mixture, all you need to do is just add four parts powder and one part trikatu and a little honey. Take this mixture twice a day.
- Ginger and black pepper
Mix one teaspoon of ginger powder and black pepper to one cup of boiling water. Boil it for some time and then add honey to it. Drink it twice a day.
- Turmeric and Milk
A combination of turmeric and milk also proved to be a helpful bronchitis remedy. Add one teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of milk and then boil it for a few minutes. You can drink it twice or thrice a day.
We all use salt water for gargling at home to cure a sore throat. It is very helpful in getting relief from cough and infection. It removes the mucus, which irritates the throat.
- Alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodhana Pranayama)
It is also known as anulom-vilom pranayama. This breathing exercise is prevalent for respiratory health. It improves lung function and respiratory endurance, thus helpful in all kind of respiratory problems, including bronchitis.
- Bellows Breathing (Bhastrika Pranayama)
This is also one of the best breathing exercises for bronchitis. It strengthens and improves the functions of the lungs.
Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs):
- When should I see a doctor if I think I have bronchitis?
If you are having any of the symptoms above, you should consult a doctor. Like, you are coughing badly for the past one week, having trouble sleeping, chest pain while coughing, fever, difficulty breathing, coughing up blood, etc.
- How is bronchitis diagnosed?
Based on your symptoms, acute bronchitis can be diagnosed by your doctor. But chronic bronchitis can be diagnosed by Chest X-ray recommended by your doctor. In case of severe bronchitis, you may undergo a CT scan as well, which is a high resolution computed tomography of your lungs.
- Is bronchitis contagious?
No, it is not, but the infection behind the occurrence of bronchitis is. Yes, you heard it right. Bronchitis itself is not an infection, but it is the body’s response to an infection in the respiratory tract. Coughing and sneezing contain invisible droplets that carry the virus and can be transferred from one person to another person. As a result, they can develop cold or flu but not necessarily bronchitis.
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