Natural Treatment for Bronchitis - Simple Remedies for Relief
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What are some useful steps you can take in undertaking natural treatment for bronchitis?
When viruses infect the mucus linings of your bronchi, then you are said to have contracted bronchitis. The most telling symptom of this ailment is a persistent cough which is also painful.
Conventional medical wisdom tells us that, in a case of acute bronchitis, there is little that can be done except to wait a week or two for the body to overcome the infection on its own. Certain over-the-counter medications are designed to reduce your symptoms and help make you feel more comfortable in this recovery process.
At this point, it is important to take note that symptoms are the body's way of effecting healing; coughing, for example, is a means for the body to remove unwanted material. Thus, by suppressing symptoms, we would actually be hampering the body's self-healing mechanisms. This is why, unlike modern medicine, the focus of natural treatment for bronchitis is not on suppressing symptoms.
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
Even then, there are certain natural and home remedies which you can use to help shorten a bout of acute bronchitis. Typically, such remedies either boost your immune system, or thin the mucus, making it easier for you to cough it out of your system.
One useful alternative treatment for bronchitis is homeopathy. This healing system is based on a principle termed the "Law of Similars". Under this system, it is believed that any substance which produces certain symptoms in an otherwise healthy person, can help another person who is suffering from the same symptoms overcome them.
Homeopathic remedies can be derived from various sources, including minerals, metals, plants, and even animals, and they are diluted to the extent that the biochemical structure of the original substance(s) is no longer present.
How do such remedies heal, then? Basically, homeopathy works not on the physical or biochemical level, but at the energetic (vibrational) level. Indeed, homeopathy is a field of healing which is gaining in popularity today.
One homeopathic remedy which is potentially useful for bronchitis is Engystol-N, which helps the body fight viruses. This medicine is available through homeopathic or natural health care practitioners.
One very interesting approach in natural treatment for bronchitis is to use a slant board. Here, you lie "upside down" on a board which is cushioned and inclined, with your head at the lower position and your feet at the higher one; this method helps clear up your infected lungs.
For about half an hour each time, lie at a 30 degree incline two times each day.
Astragalus is a useful herbal treatment for bronchitis, as it assists the body in coughing up mucus. The benefits of astragalus can be harnessed using an astragalus root tincture, or through capsules made from the root.
Thyme Essential Oil
Another useful herb for removing mucus in the bronchi is thyme. A few drops of the essential oil of thyme can be used in a vaporizer which produces hot mist.
When using natural remedies for bronchitis, it is absolutely necessary that you make certain important changes to your diet. First and foremost, it is of paramount importance that you drink plenty of pure water - this helps to thin your mucus and helps your body to flush toxins out.
Hot and spicy foods such as peppers, garlic, onions, etc can help your body in its attempts to remove bronchial mucus; these should be consumed liberally. On the flip side, milk and dairy products are, generally, mucus-forming foods and should thus be avoided. Processed foods, in particular those containing refined sugar, should also be shunned while undergoing natural treatment for bronchitis.
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