Bronchitis


Overview

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes. It is an infection of the tubes that leads to the lungs. Bronchitis can be: 

  • Acute bronchitis which usually clears up
  • Chronic bronchitis is persistent and never completely goes away

Symptoms

  1. Cough with phlegm/ mucus (maybe with streak of blood)
  2. Coughing that lasts three or more weeks
  3. Headache
  4. Fatigue/Tiredness/ Lack of energy/Feeling of weakness
  5. Bodyache
  6. Low grade fever
  7. Breathlessness
  8. Chest discomfort
  9. Sleep disturbances
  10. Wheezing

 

According to Ayurveda there are three elements present in our body: vata, pitta and kapha which should be in balance. Because of the above-said causative factors it leads to impairment of digestion and aggravation of vata and kapha elements causing accumulation of toxins known as ama. Ama spreads and accumulates in the respiratory channels along with vata - kapha and  eventually produces inflammatory changes resulting in Bronchitis.

Causes

Acute bronchitis

  • A virus, for example, a cold or flu virus
  • A bacterial infection

Chronic bronchitis-

The most common cause is smoking, Other possible causes include:

  • Long term exposure to air pollution, dust, and fumes from the environment
  • Genetic factors
  • Weakened immune system
  • Repeated episodes of acute bronchitis
  • A history of respiratory disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • If you have Asthma or an allergy

Causes

Acute bronchitis

  • A virus, for example, a cold or flu virus
  • A bacterial infection

Chronic bronchitis-

The most common cause is smoking, Other possible causes include:

  • Long term exposure to air pollution, dust, and fumes from the environment
  • Genetic factors
  • Weakened immune system
  • Repeated episodes of acute bronchitis
  • A history of respiratory disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • If you have Asthma or an allergy.

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:

  1. Reducing the overproduction of mucus, controlling inflammation and lowering cough. 
  2. Prevent recurrence by balancing the immune response.
  3.  Long term relief and rejuvenating the body.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol.

In response to viral, bacterial or allergies,, the bronchial mucous membrane becomes inflamed and starts to produce too much mucus and the self-clearing mechanism of the airways also gets diminished. It narrows the airways making it clogged by debris and this further increases the irritation producing the characteristic cough of bronchitis with phlegm/mucus. Sometimes blood vessels around it ruptured and produced coughs with a streak of blood.

Narrow airway causes wheezing , breathlessness, and chest tightness. Body raises its temperature to combat infection and makes you feel weak and tired with head and body aches. Guduchi, Surasa, Swaskutar rasa, Kantakari, Vasa, increases the airway lumen, drains and clear mucus. Sudarshan churna is very effective in controlling the excess cough production. These all are very effective for inflammatory conditions and help to boost the immunity in the body.

(The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbomineral preparations)

Herbs

Guduchi, Surasa, Swaskutar rasa, Kantakari, Vasa, Sudarshan churna.


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