Acute bronchitis is the deep, wet, or dry cough that comes on and lingers
after an infection, such as a cold, sinusitis, or the flu. The cough, which
may start out dry and then turn productive, is the body's way of expelling
infected mucus (phlegm) from the lungs. An episode of bronchitis may last
for one to two weeks, and because a virus usually causes it, antibiotics
may not be helpful. The best treatment is usually rest, combined with
immune-enhancing natural therapies, as well as a symptomatic therapy to
calm the cough and promote the removal of the mucus.
Chronic bronchitis develops in the continual presence of irritants, usually
tobacco smoke, but also environmental allergies and damp, foggy weather; it
sometimes results from food allergies. It often begins as a protracted case
of acute bronchitis that returns every few months and, if the irritants are
not removed, will develop into a constant cough, often accompanied by
breathlessness and sometimes wheezing. The weakened condition of the lungs
leaves the body vulnerable to infections like acute bronchitis, pneumonia,
and emphysema. In its advanced stage, even minor colds can grow into deadly
diseases. The best treatment is to eliminate the irritants that caused the
condition. This is accomplished by identifying the offending allergens and
removing them or reducing your body's sensitivity to them.
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Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and
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Super Prescription #1
NAC - N-acetyl-L-Cysteine
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NAC reduces the viscosity of phlegm so that it is easier to
expectorate. It's useful for acute and chronic bronchitis
(especially for smokers and people with asthma or
emphysema). Take 600 daily.
Super Prescription #2
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Take 500 to 1,000 mg three times daily. It enhances immune
function for acute bronchitis and has anti-allergy benefits
for chronic bronchitis. Vitamin C is particularly important
Super Prescription #3
Echinacea and Goldenseal
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Take this combination 2 to 4 times daily for acute
bronchitis with a wet cough. Both herbs enhance immune
function, and goldenseal works to dry up mucus. Take as
directed on the container.
Super Prescription #5 Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Take 500 mg of the capsule or 2 ml of the tincture four
times daily. This herb promotes this discharge of mucus and
has soothing/anti-inflammatory effects for the respiratory
Super Prescription #6
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Astragalus is an excellent treatment for chronic, as well
as acute, bronchitis. It strengthens weak lungs and
increases the body's general resistance to infection. Take
500 to 1,000 mg or 3.5 ml of a tincture two or three times
daily. Do not take astragalus if you have a fever.
Super Prescription #7 Colloidal silver
Take one-half to 1 teaspoon, or as directed on the
container, three times daily for five days. It has an
antimicrobial effect, especially for bacteria.
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A cough that may start out dry but that turns deep and productive, with
thick clear or yellow mucus
Usually follows a viral infection
Long bouts of acute bronchitis that recur frequently
A persistent, constant cough that's worse upon waking
Food or environmental allergens, causing excess mucus in the lungs
Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke
Environmental irritants (especially dust, pollen, animal dander, or
Cold, damp, foggy weather
To thin mucus secretions, drink a glass of clean water every two waking
Homemade chicken soup also thins mucus. Add garlic or ginger for flavor and
To reduce phlegm, have some hot barley soup.
Onions are an old folk remedy and have anti-inflammatory properties, so eat
If you have bacterial bronchitis and are taking antibiotics, consume
nondairy sour products, such as kefir or sauerkraut, daily to replenish
Foods to Avoid
Eliminate foods that encourage mucus production: dairy products, chocolate,
and bananas, as well as processed, refined, fried, and junk foods. Avoid
simple sugars, as they suppress immune function.
Fast on water, soup, juice, and herbal tea for a few days to let your body
turn its full attention to fighting the infection. Fasting will also speed
the elimination of mucus, especially when expectorant herbal teas are part
of the regimen.
Rest, preferably in bed, while the illness is at it's worst. When you
feel better, move around to keep the infection from settling into your
lungs, but continue to rest after periods of activity.
Don't take a cough suppressant. The lungs need to expel phlegm to get
healthy, and suppressants keep them from doing so. Consistent use of
suppressants can lead to worse cases of acute bronchitis or even to
chronic bronchitis or pneumonia.
Encourage expectoration by applying warm compresses to your chest.
Don't smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke.
If you have chronic bronchitis and live in a damp, cold climate, you
may have to move to another location that's dry and warm. You should
have your doctor consider mold allergies as a possible cause of chronic
People with chronic bronchitis need to keep their lungs as elastic and
as strong as possible. Exercise, breath deeply, and, if you enjoy
music, take up a wind instrument.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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