Bronchitis is a medical condition in which bronchial tubes get inflamed. In layman language, bronchitis is a severe condition of chest congestion. Bronchitis is basically of two types-acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is the most common of all. It may be caused by pollution, constant contact to tobacco smoke, and some genetic factors. It causes coughing for 2-3 weeks. Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, can last for 2-3 months and it can lead to severe coughing and chest congestion.
The major cause of chronic bronchitis is tobacco smoking. The basic symptoms are coughing, running nose, and mild fever. The symptoms, though very casual, must not be ignored. If you know someone who is affected by bronchitis, you can try these simple home remedies as a basic step towards ailment. These are natural and simple, yet effective remedies.
Water can help to thin mucus, which will allow easy coughing. So drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. And SAY NO to alcohol and tobacco products. Also avoid caffeinated drinks.
Salt water is known to possess anti- bacterial properties. Regular intake of salt water many times a day can help in clearing the throat and providing relief from the cough during bronchitis.
Ginger and Honey
It helps relieve irritated bronchial tubes. Add ginger powder and black pepper to half a cup of boiling water. Add some honey for extra relief. It will act as herbal tea. Ginger and cinnamon: Again add ground ginger and cinnamon to boiling water and consume this liquid several times a day. Reduce the number of consumptions as your condition improves. Honey is a time-tested home remedy for many diseases. Honey mixed with black pepper can be tried out for relief.
Garlic acts as a powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent which is said to possess high curing properties. It can be beneficial in the treatment of bronchitis, especially acute bronchitis. Chopped garlic can be added to boiling milk, for instant relief from irritation. Don’t use cow’s milk.
Adding turmeric powder to milk is an age old home remedy and it can also be helpful in bronchitis. Don’t use cow’s milk. This remedy should not be used by people having stomach ulcers and people suffering from jaundice.