Bronchitis

What is Bronchitis?

Basically bronchitis is the inflammation that occurs on the lining of the bronchial tubes that accomplishes the task of carrying air to and fro lungs in human anatomy. Patients suffering from bronchitis usually cough thickened mucus and it could be discolored as well. Bronchitis and asthma resulting from it is one of the most common diseases around. Around 18-20% of people around the globe are affected by it. However the disease is mild in most cases and often goes unrecognized. But the syndrome is growing increasing consequential mortality rates. Bronchitis can be mild, acute, or chronic.

Possible Causes of Bronchitis

Main causes of development of bronchitis in human anatomy are as follows:

  • Invasion of allergens on human anatomy from the atmosphere and environment around;
  • Increasing industrialization and urbanization resulting in environmental pollution due to harmful emissions that is adversely effecting the protective ozone layers on the earth;
  • Use of allopathic drugs like beta antagonists, non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs, and aspirin etc; especially due to use without being prescribed by the physician;
  • Effects of cold air, dust and dirt, acid fumes, tobacco smoke and other harmful elements floating in the air people breathe;
  • Respiratory viral infections causing respiratory problems;
  • Emotional stress and strains

Symptoms of Bronchitis

Main symptoms of bronchitis are as follows:

  • Twitchy airways to and fro lungs in human anatomy;
  • Coughing that could be mild, strong, or acute
  • Wheezing that could be occasional or consistent;
  • Chest tightness that could be a frequent recurrence in the patients;
  • Shortened breath;
  • Breathlessness due to narrowing of air passage within the lungs;
  • Acute thirst and repeated urge for water;
  • Dry skin, constipation and anxieties and crave for warm drinks;
  • Acuteness of these syndromes during night time.

How Ayurveda can Help in Bronchitis Treatment?

In the domain of Ayurveda bronchial asthma is called tamaka svassa. According to the ayurvedic theories bronchitis is the result of respiratory afflictions coupled with gastro intestinal factors in human anatomy. Bronchitis is often the result of imbalances in the three doshas in human anatomy namely bata, pitta, and kafa and ayurvedic treatment brings back the balance and thus addresses the problems related to bronchitis. The treatment does not have any adverse affects on the patient and treats the syndrome using natural and organic components that constitutes most ayurvedic drugs and medications.

Herbs in Ayurveda for Treatment of Bronchitis

There are two major herbs in ayurveda that help in treatment of bronchitis effectively.

  • Andrographis is an ayurvedic herb that is used for the treatment of bronchitis and asthma resulting from it. It also can prevent development of the disease and reduce the symptoms of bronchitis and resulting asthma. The herb is also combined with elenthero to increase its effectiveness.
  • Echinacea is ayurvedic herb that prevents cold leading to bronchitis. It helps fight infections and stimulates the immunization system in human anatomy. According to experts, consuming 30mg of Echinacea three times a day can reduce the risk of bronchitis attack considerably.

Advantages of Ayurvedic treatments for bronchitis are that it is less expensive, painless, and does not have any harmful side effects.