Other Proposed Treatments
The term bronchitis refers to inflammation of the major air passageways in the lungs, the bronchi. There are two principal types of bronchitis: acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. The latter is closely related to emphysema and is discussed in the article Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) . Acute bronchitis, the subject of this article, is a condition that frequently develops during the course of a common cold. Symptoms may include cough (dry or productive), sensation of heaviness in the chest, and difficulty breathing.
In recent years, it has become clear that, in many cases, symptoms of bronchitis represent temporary asthma brought on by a respiratory infection. For this reason, anti-asthma drugs are now commonly a major component of treatment. Antibiotics may be used as well.
Principal Proposed TreatmentsPelargonium sidoides
For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full Essential Oil Monoterpene article.
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For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full Pelargonium sidoides article.
Other Proposed Treatments for Acute Bronchitis
It is widely believed by many proponents of alternative medicine that cow’s milk and related dairy products increase mucus in the lungs and sinuses, and should therefore be avoided by people with bronchitis problems. However, there has not been sufficient scientific investigation into this belief to either confirm or deny it.
Because acute bronchitis tends to develop during the course of a common cold, all of the natural treatments used to prevent or treat colds are worth considering. See the Common Cold article for detailed information on these options. In addition, because bronchitis is often a form of temporary asthma, the treatments discussed in the Asthma article are worth considering, as well.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -