Bronchitis is any inflammation occurring in the mucous membrane that lines the bronchial tubes of the lungs. Coughing, wheezing, spitting up of mucus and difficulty breathing are all the usual symptoms. Acute bronchitis generally results as a complication of infection elsewhere in the respiratory tract, while chronic bronchitis results from protracted lung irritation (i.e. heavy smoking, air pollution or stubborn infection in the throat or lungs). Serious diseases such as emphysema, tuberculosis and lung cancer are usually preceded by bronchitis.
Hot vapour or steam baths (especially with a little eucalyptus or black spruce oil) facilitate dilation (opening) of the bronchial passages. Herbs of a demulcent and expectorant nature can be taken orally or applied as hot fomentations to the chest and thoracic area of the spine to obtain relief. If the condition is severe, it may be necessary to use an emetic, which will bring up the excess mucus and relax the throat, stomach and bronchial passages. It is also important to cleanse the bowel and eliminate mucus-forming foods from the diet.
Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin A, B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Bioflavonoids, Iron, Manganese, Multivitamins and minerals, N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC, 500 mg – two times daily).