Bronchitis from the point of view of Ayurveda
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the large airway passages that connect the windpipe and lungs. This is caused by a viral or bacterial infection. More common is bacterial bronchitis than viral bronchitis. The main symptom of bronchitis is coughing. Other symptoms might include a runny nose, sore throat and fever also might be short of breath and have some wheezing.. The illness can be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic): Acute bronchitis comes on quickly and can cause severe symptoms , usually caused by a common cold or any other respiratory tract infection. But it lasts no more than a few weeks. Usually bronchitis sorts itself out in 1-2 weeks. Chronic bronchitis it can be mild to severe and lasts longer (from several months to years). People who have chronic bronchitis have a higher risk of bacterial infections of the airway and lungs, like pneumonia.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Bronchitis
In Ayurveda, Bronchitis is known as Shwasa Pranali Shoth. According to Ayurveda, bronchitis is more similar to Kapha imbalance in the body. Management of Kapha is priority of stopping the disease from progressing.
This can be achieved by Ayurvedic medicaments that enhance the digestive fire, and improve amapachana (Detoxify) and provide removal of excess mucus from organism. Ayurvedic therapies are very successful in the treatment of respiratory diseases. The main goal of natural treatment for bronchitis is to improve the elasticity of the alveoli, which reduces the severity. The goal of bronchitis treatment is to balance the exacerbated Vata and Kapha doshas.
Ayurvedic therapies recommend Herbal oil massages, which can be done at home ( in case of acute bronchitis) , or Ayurvedic course at a specialist in case of chronic bronchitis. An Ayurvedic doctor will recommend natural essential oils, and will compile the recommended Ayurvedic preparations treatments that open the channels of circulation and elimination – proper nourishment can reach the tissues to aid their repair and development
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Bronchitis:
Make sure you regularly wash hands with warm, soapy water,
Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible,
Plenty of rest
More fluids – drink lots of water and juices ,
Protect kid from person who smoke — with or without bronchitis — kids are secondhand smoker,
A light but nutritious diet is recommended,
Cold foods and foods that vitiate the kapha have to be avoided ( includes curds, fat fried food, foods with oily and creamy texture),
Turmeric – It is the most common herb known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties used as a remedy for bronchitis,
Holy basil ( Tulsi) – It is very helpful in treating sore throat