Bronchitis

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This generally temporary illness often develops after a cold or the flu. However, for about 5% of Americans (mostly smokers), bronchitis is a serious, recurring disease. Acute and chronic symptoms are similar and may be effectively relieved with the use of certain supplements.

Symptoms
Cough that produces white, yellow, or green phlegm.
Low fever (100 F or less).
Coarse breath sounds (called rhonchi) that change or disappear when coughing.
Chest muscle pain from coughing.

When to Call Your Doctor
If a persistent cough interferes with your sleep or compromises your daily activities.
If mucus becomes darker or thicker or increases significantly in volume.
If your fever is above 100F.
If your breathing becomes increasingly difficult or if you cough up blood.
If your symptoms last more than 48 hours.
Reminder: If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before taking supplements.

What It Is ....click & see the pictures
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the windpipe and bronchial tubes, the large airways that lead to the lungs. These airways swell and thicken, paralyzing the cilia, the tiny hairs that line the respiratory tract and sweep away dust and germs. Mucus builds up, resulting in a cough.
There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute is marked by a slight fever that lasts for a few days and a cough that goes away after several weeks. In chronic bronchitis, a hacking cough along with discolored phlegm persists for several months and may disappear and recur.

There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute is marked by a slight fever that lasts for a few days and a cough that goes away after several weeks. In chronic bronchitis, a hacking cough along with discolored phlegm persists for several months and may disappear and recur.

What Causes It
Acute bronchitis frequently follows a cold or the flu, though it can also result from a bacterial infection or exposure to chemical fumes. Chronic bronchitis occurs when the lungs have been irritated for a long time. The primary cause of chronic bronchitis is cigarette smoking. People with long-term exposure to secondhand smoke, workers routinely exposed to chemical fumes, and individuals with chronic allergies are also susceptible.

How Supplements Can Help
Supplements can help strengthen your body’s immune response and also stimulate its normal process of loosening and bringing up phlegm. The supplements for acute bronchitis should be taken only while you are ill. Those for chronic bronchitis require long-term use.
The following vitamins should be used daily. Vitamin C is particularly helpful in fighting off viruses that attack the respiratory system. Take it coupled with powerful antioxidants called flavonoids (or bioflavonoids), which are natural antivirals and anti-inflammatories. Vitamin A is also important for immune health. In chronic bronchitis, both vitamins assist in the healing of damaged lung tissue.

For an acute attack, drink horehound tea to help thin mucus secretions. Or use the herb slippery elm in place of horehound if you prefer. The amino acid-like substance NAC (N-acetylcysteine) also thins mucus and has been reported to reduce the recurrence rate of bronchitis.

The herbs echinacea and astragalus have antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-strengthening properties. At the higher doses, they can be used to fight off acute bronchitis. For chronic or seasonal bronchitis, try taking the following herbs in rotation: echinacea (200 mg twice a day), astragalus (200 mg twice a day), pau d’arco (250 mg twice a day), and 1,500 mg of reishi or 600 mg of maitake mushrooms a day. Use one herb for one week, then switch to another; continue this cycle as long as needed.

What Else You Can Do
Quit smoking — and avoid situations where others smoke.
Drink plenty of fluids, such as diluted fruit juices and herbal teas. Dehydration can cause mucus to become thick and difficult to cough up.
Eliminate the use of aerosol products (hair sprays, deodorants, and insecticides), which can irritate airway passages.
Stay indoors when the air quality is poor if you have chronic bronchitis.
When suffering from bronchitis, people often have difficulty breathing while they’re eating. So try to avoid foods that are hard to chew, such as meats and raw vegetables.
Avoid antihistamines and decongestants, which won’t help alleviate lung symptoms and may actually make your condition worse. That’s because these drugs can dry up and thicken mucus, making it more difficult for you to cough up.


Supplement Recommendations

Vitamin C/Flavonoids
Vitamin A
Horehound
NAC
Echinacea
Astragalus

Vitamin C/Flavonoids
Dosage: 1,000 mg vitamin C and 500 mg flavonoids 3 times a day.
Comments: Reduce vitamin C dose if diarrhea develops.

Vitamin A
Dosage: 25,000 IU a day for 1 month.
Comments: Women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy should not exceed 5,000 IU a day.

Horehound
Dosage: As a tea, 3 or 4 cups a day.
Comments: Use 1 or 2 tsp. per cup of hot water; add honey to taste.

NAC
Dosage: 500 mg (acute) or 250 mg (chronic) 3 times a day.
Comments: Take between meals. For long-term use, add 30 mg zinc and 2 mg copper daily.

Echinacea
Dosage: 200 mg 4 times daily (acute) or twice a day (chronic).
Comments: Standardized to contain 3.5% echinacosides.

Astragalus

Dosage: 200 mg 4 times daily (acute) or twice a day (chronic).
Comments: Supplying 0.5% glucosides and 70% polysaccharides.
Source:Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs

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Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose.

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