There are two types of bronchitis – acute [short duration and serious] and chronic [of long duration and very serious] – both of them have inflamed mucous membrane linings of the bronchial tubes in the lungs which cause large quantities of mucus to be secreted [we expel it as phlegm – a sticky, semi-fluid which may be purulent] leaving the patient with difficulty in breathing, coughing and a high fever. Other symptoms include hoarseness, chest pain and loss of appetite.
This chest infection has quite a few causes:
* smoking – irritates the bronchial tubes, thus making them less resistant and more susceptible to outside forms of infections [germs we breathe in daily]
* weather change – a sudden and drastic change in the weather [hot then cold] can bring on a bout of this chest infection
* working in a chemical environment – any environment that has harmful chemicals or particles in the air can hasten the onset of this problem
* drug use – medicines given to patient to combat some other medical problem
* hereditary – we don’t always just get blue eyes or height from our parents, they can pass on the odd susceptibility to diseases as well.
Natural foods to help combat this illness
1) Fresh ginger, pepper corns and cloves [half a teaspoon of each if in powder form] – grind to a paste and use 1 1/2 teaspoons of this as a tea or mix with 1 tsp honey and swallow [3 x daily]. Not only does this mixture have anti-pyretic [effective in reducing fever] qualities it will also assist in toning up the metabolism thus increasing the appetite the patient has lost.
2) Turmeric – excellent in giving relief from coughing and expectorating the excess mucus [phlegm] produced by this illness, mix in 1/2 a glass of milk and take it 3 x daily
3) Endive [chicory] – a useful expectorant for chronic bronchitis, mix 1/2 a teaspoon of this dry root with 1 teaspoon of honey and take it 3 x daily.
1) Spinach – an effective expectorant, take about 50 grams of fresh spinach leaves, lightly cook in about 250ml water, cool and add 1 teaspoon honey and a pinch of ammonium chloride. Take 1 tablespoon of this effusion 3 times a day.
2) Onions – 1 teaspoon of raw juice first thing in the morning helps with liquefying and expectorating phlegm as well as preventing the further formation of the same.
Nuts and seeds
1) Almonds – make an emulsion of 7 almonds [crushed to a powder], mix it into a cup of lemon or orange juice and take it every night till better. This emulsion soothes the bronchi and aids in the recovery of the patient.
2) Sesame seeds – effective in assisting with the recovery of the patient, take 1 teaspoon of this seed and mix with 1 teaspoon of linseed, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of honey, mix and give to patient just before bedtime. While having this the patient should also be given 1/2 a teaspoon of powdered seed mixed with 2 tablespoons of water twice a day.
Exercise and fresh air will also aid in the recovery of this patient, but remember this could be life threatening so do go see your doctor and get the prescribed medication needed to assist the patient in their recovery.