Bronchitis

Bronchitis

Bronchitis is a condition with prolonged cold or flu. In this condition, there is an acute inflammation in the lungs resulting in the discharge of phlegm. Bronchitis can occur in two ways: acute bronchitis where symptoms last for a few weeks and chronic bronchitis where the symptoms stay for longer and keep coming back.

Causes

Sometimes, the viruses and bacteria that cause common cold result into bronchitis. Excessive mucus formation in the bronchial tubes cause obstructed airflow thus resulting into short breath. A weak immune system makes a person prone to catch this disease. Smoking is a trigger for bronchitis; people living with a smoker are equally affected with equivalent chances of getting bronchitis. In some cases, gastric reflux or GERD may also cause bronchitis if the acid moves to the bronchial tubes.

Symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Breathlessness
  • Irritation in the throat
  • Tightness in chest

Ayurvedic View

As per Ayurveda, aggravated Vata (air) obstructing the Kapha (water) in the respiratory channels causes interruption in the airflow and thus results into accumulation of phlegm in the lung tissue. Coughing is a natural reaction to this obstruction resulting into Bronchitis. Common reasons are constant exposure to smoke and dust, exertion and consuming foods and drinks with a drying effect on body. Ayurveda calls this disease Kasroga and relates it to poor diet, weak digestive system and incomplete elimination of wastes through the body due to which a ground for growth of infecting organisms is created.

The Ayurvedic treatment for Bronchitis consists of treating with herbs to expel phlegm and consuming Ayurvedic digestive formulas for better digestion.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid exposure to smoky and polluted atmosphere.
  • Suppression of natural urges should be avoided.
  • Keep your body warm.
  • Regular body massage with warm sesame oil.
  • Steam treatment helps controlling symptoms such as irritation in throat.