What Is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lungs, more specifically, an inflammation of the large airways in your lungs. Bronchitis can either be chronic, which is not necessarily caused by an infection or it can be acute which is usually caused by a cold, the flu, or a sinus infection. Bronchitis is usually caused by some sort of virus so it really is only the secondary infection that is because of the flu or cold.
When your airways become infected, the infection causes the mucous membrane linings to become very red, inflamed, and irritated. This creates mucus in your lungs that gives you the persistent cough which is the most common symptom of bronchitis. This may last for several days and even weeks until it clears up. Younger children and elderly, as well as people who have a lowered immune system are at more risk for developing bronchitis then anyone else, but anyone can get it acute bronchitis if their cold develops further.
If you have chronic bronchitis, it is more often associated with a more serious lung condition. This is when you have a persistent cough that produces phlegm for at least three months of a year, for two years straight. Chronic bronchitis is caused by numerous lung ailments, but most commonly it is caused by smoking and air pollutants.
Most cases of acute bronchitis tend to clear up on their own, providing there isn’t other complications such as asthma. It may take a considerable amount of time for it to completely heal itself though. There are natural medicines that you can take during this time though to so you can try to get yourself as healthy as possible. You need to take care of both the bronchitis as well as the main infection such as a cold or flu. Besides the typical water and rest that your body needs, you can try an herbal remedy that can help alleviate the symptoms.
For centuries, before prescription medication became so readily available, people have been using natural medicine and herbal remedies to take care of bronchitis. Specifically, the herbs such as Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow), Hyssop, and Elder have been used for their soothing effect on the inflamed membranes. They are known to relieve some of the persistent cough and also promote respiratory health.
Other herbs such as Echinacea Purpurea, Astragalus, Inula, Helenium, and Withania Somnifera are also used to prevent bronchitis. They are used because they have incredible antiviral, and antibacterial properties and they support your immune system so you can be proactive in avoiding colds that may turn into bronchitis. Prevention through herbal remedies, and natural medicine are key in promoting a healthy lifestyle. The more you use your herbal medicine to prevent the onset of bacteria, the healthier you will feel throughout the year, no matter what bacteria or germs you come into contact with.